Reports this morning that Newcastle United have turned their attention away from Alexandre Lacazette (whether they made a bid or not…) and are going back for yet another familiar name – Bas Dost.
The Northern Echo say that their information is that Newcastle will now make a move for the Dutch striker, in an attempt to solve the serious goalscoring problems at the club.
The Wolfsburg striker has had an up and down season so far at Wolfsburg, first choice and scoring five Bundesliga goals before the end of September, Bas Dost has helped Wolfsburg to a respectable seventh place in the league table, only three points off fourth spot.
His five starts in the Champions League have only yielded one goal but Wolfsburg won three of those five games as they qualified for the last 16.
However, his goals dried up in the Bundesliga and with only two since the end of September, Bas Dost was dropped at the end of November and hasn’t started a game since in either domestic or European football, not even getting on the pitch when the German club defeated Manchester United to qualify for the knockout stages.
Wolfsburg has gone for a different formation with Max Kruse playing a sole striker role, so it is conceivable that they may be prepared to sell at the right price.
After scoring a load of goals in a weaker league, in Bas Dost’s case – Heerenveen in Holland (where have we heard that before…), he got his big move to Germany in summer 2012. Newcastle have actually been linked with him since April 2012, when he was rumoured to be coming in to complement Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse and give United a trio of goalscorers…
With 12 goals in his first two years it looked like he was going nowhere and then he didn’t get a Bundeliga start until December last season, then scored a remarkable 16 goals despite only 17 league starts (plus four as a sub) – a major reason why Wolfsburg surged up the table and finished surprise runners up to Bayern Munich.
Fair to say he has blown hot and cold in Germany, so whether he would be somebody you could rely on in Newcastle’s desperate position is open to question.
Of more concern/bemusement, would be the idea of 6ft 5 Bas Dost potentially pairing up with the less than mobile Aleksandar Mitrovic…
The Northern Echo claim Newcastle had genuine interest in Bas Dost last summer but wouldn’t meet Wolfsburg’s valuation of around 15m euros (approx £11.5m).
Desperate times call for desperate solutions so we wait to see whether the 26 year old Dutch striker finally ends up on Tyneside.