Everton have been linked with a host of young, promising strikers in recent days, with Kasper Dolberg, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Sandro Ramirez all getting a look from the USM Finch Farm scouting department.
Romelu Lukaku’s situation remains in a state of flux, but in this case, that’s fine - Selke would not be expected to come in and start regularly or attempt to approximate the big Belgian’s contributions.
No, Everton are building for the future while attempting to add to their lackluster depth for a Europa League charge next season. In some ways, the recent reports that have the Toffees chasing just about every young striker in Europe represents a similar strategy to bringing Lukaku in several years ago. It’s simply good business to have talented prospects on your books to phase out older players when the time comes.
Everton have Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman, but both players seem to be eying a future in the wider areas of the pitch.
Selke is an interesting case. He clearly has talent, evidenced by an outstanding record for Germany’s youth national teams (7 goals in 11 games for the U21s, 11 goals in 13 games for the U19s), but he’s stuck behind Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen in Leipzig.
Valued at just £2.55m, Selke has 4 goals and 1 assist in 436 Bundesliga minutes this season. Earlier this year, we saw Everton make a similar move when they acquired Anton Donkor on loan from Wolfsburg. There’s never a harm in acquiring low cost, high reward young talent.