Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost has been in electric form during 2015, and deserves a national team call-up in March.

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000 dost wolfThe first game Bas Dost played in 2015 was perfect. He scored two goals in an unexpected 4-1 romping of Bayern Munich that gave the German giants their first defeat of the season. Since then he has gone on to score 11 goals in the 6 matches Wolfsburg have played. A prolific scorer at Herenveen, it looked like Dost was another case of someone who could cut it in the Eredivisie, but couldn’t compete in higher competitions. Then he scored two goals against Ballon D’or keeper Manuel Neuer, and has become the first player to ever score 9 goals in the first 5 games of a new year.

While 25 years old does feel a little late for a first call-up to a national team, Dost will welcome the challenge, and hopefully be able to keep up his form with the Dutch camp. His man two adversaries – Robin Van Persie and fellow Bundeslig-er Klaas Jan Huntelaar have had far less fruitful 2015’s. Van Persie has been misfiring for a struggling United, having scored 10 goals all season; and Huntelaar has managed to pick up a red card, 4 game ban, and get injured while Dost has been scoring goal after goal.

If Hiddink chooses to play a main attacking line-up of Dost, Depay, Robben and Sneijder, he would have four in-form players who could destroy any defense, and it’s a combination that Hiddink would do well to nurture over the next 16 months until the Euro 2016 finals in France.

Even if Hiddink has other plans for strikers in March, he would do well to call-up the 6’5 striker to training camp. Dost is known for having slow starts at clubs, and igniting like a spark plug when everything comes together. Getting him comfortable in the Oranje set-up now could be important, so when it does come for him to step up, he’ll be ready to fire on all cylinders.

Spencer Steevensz (104 Posts)

I'm a digital/social marketer out of Chicago. I grew up loving Dutch football - total football is the only way to play. I support PSV in the Eredivisie, and whatever team has the most Dutch guys on it in any other league. Hup Holland Hup!