Bas Dost: Wolfsburg’s unlikely goalscoring machine
If you’re watching a Wolfsburg game, then you will probably hear the phrase ‘Dost scores’ more frequently. The Dutch strikers form has been incredible lately as he managed to score 11 goals in his last seven league games, 13 overall this season and third in the goalscoring leaderboard behind Alexander Meier and Arjen Robben.
Most notable of his performances was against Bayer Leverkusen when he found the net on four occasions to help his team grab all three points with a hard fought 5-4 win at the Bay Arena. The player who started the season as a third choice striker is now one of the high flying attackers in Europe. Born on the 31st of May in 1989 in Deventer, Netherlands, Dost started his footballing career in the youth team of CVV Germanicus and then moved to with FC Emmen. Before the start of the 2007-08 season, he was offered a chance to play for the senior squad of FC Emmen which he took and put into good use with a remarkable performance. And in the summer, he moved to Heracles Almelo.
And about two and a half years later, he moved to SC Heerenveen. In his first season for his new team, he finished as their top scorer with 13 goals. On 10 December 2011, Dost scored all five goals in Heerenveen’s 5–0 win away to SBV Excelsior, taking his tally to 14 goals in 16 Eredivisie games and subsequently finished as the top scorer in the Eredivisie with 32 league goals in 34 matches.
Dost joined Vfl Wolfsburg on the 1st of June, 2012. He made his Bundesliga debut on the 25th of August 2012, scoring the winner against VfB Stuttgart. On the 18th of November of that year, Dost netted Wolfsburg’s second, and the eventual winner, in a 3–1 defeat of Hoffenheim, lifting die Wölfe out of the bottom three.
Despite proving himself as a top mark finisher on several occasions, Dost has just recently started to regain his golden touch in front of the goal with the German side grabbing the attention of the media in the process. Well, at least with Wolfsburg. His ability to put almost every ball along his path at the back of the net has played a crucial part in his team’s good run of form.
Despite a disappointing 1-0 loss to Augsburg in the weekend, Wolfsburg still sit comfortably in second 11 points behind Bayern with Dost having firmly established himself as the first-choice striker to lead the front line of Dieter Hecking’s side.