90MinuteCynic correspondent and Newcastle United fan Michael Chapman gives us his thoughts on Newcastle Target Bas Dost, who has been linked with a move to St. James Park.
Name : Bas Dost
Current Club : VfL Wolfsburg
Nationality : Dutch
Position : Central Forward
Age : 26
At 196 cm’s and 78 kg’s Bas Dost could be just the ticket for a mid-table club looking for a forward to add depth to their front line. The rumored price, €12m nearly double his market price*, is also very affordable for a club whose owner has promised to spend a fair amount in the off season to get them ‘where we belong’. The main stumbling block to the move is the number of English clubs that may now be in for the Dutch forward and possibly his wage demands.
* According to trusty website transfermarkt.com at the time of writing.
In 36 matches for Wolfsburg last season, league, league cup and Europa League, Dost bagged 20 goals and assisted on 7 others. Despite being injured most of 2013/14 he collected 5 goals and 1 assist in 15 matches played. The prolific forward tallied 12 goals and 3 assists in 2013/12. Prior to joining the Bundesliga club Bas Dost set the Eredivisie alight, totaling 38 goals and 9 assists in 39 matches for SC Heerenveen. In 2010/11 he recorded 14 goals and 1 assist in 34 matches.
The point of all these stats is to demonstrate the forward progression of the striker and also his ability to adapt to a new league with more parity amongst its clubs. Excluding the top 5 clubs in the Premier League, it is almost always a very close squeeze between places 7 and 17 in the table. And if a repeatedly idling club were to somehow finish in a Europa League spot at the end of next season? Then it would do well to have some scoring depth considering the extra number of matches that are to come the following season.
A bonus for any club interested in him is his lack of missing out due to injury, as he only missed 20 games in 2013-14 and none (as reported by the clubs) either prior to or following that season. As previously mentioned his height and build could be a boon to a clubs woeful ways on corners and free kicks swinging into the box. That is if you trust the ever popular website WhoScored, who rate aerial duels and headed attempts as one of his strengths.
Of course up until now I have been playing coy, failing to mention the clubs that are rumored in for 26 year old forward. Obviously Newcastle United are rumored to be in pole position with a bid of €12m, but papers also have Swansea City in the mix. Newcastle are also rumored to have both Charlie Austin and Saido Berahino, two more proven Premier League talents, on their radar as well. The Welsh club have failed to find a true replacement for Wilfried Bony, who was sold to Manchester City at a hefty sum last season. Could a combination of french forward Bafetimbi Gomis and Bas Dost be just what they need to improve upon their 8th place finish last season?
There have also been mentions of Borussia Dortmund being interested. Of course the alternative to these is for him to stay right where he is, as Wolfsburg are definitely a club on the up finishing 2nd in the Bundesliga with a goal differential of +34. If they hope to accomplish anything in the Champions League next season, they would be wise to keep hold of the Dutch forward.