Newcastle are well in to their search for two new strikers, and they may have found their first. Bas Dost, a Dutch striker playing for Wolfsburg in Germany. There have been links between Bas Dost and Newcastle for a while now and it has been no secret that Newcastle are looking to strengthen their attacking force.
Links with Andy Carroll and Charlie Austin have been strong over the past few days but Bas Dost could be a great move for the Magpies.
Bas Dost is a very liable character at Wolfsburg as he has had somewhat of a sudden reincarnation in his form at the club. He bumbled along at the club for the first two years of him being there. He played second fiddle to more prolific strikers at the club and suffered from a lot of injuries. This past season he rekindled his form in the Bundesliga, scoring 16 goals in just 21 appearances for the German side.
Since moving to Wolfsburg in 2012, Bas Dost has scored 28 times in just 62 appearances, that's just a little under a goal every two games. That's a great record. He is in the Bundesliga at the moment and with the Bundesliga being just as physical as the Premier League, I have no worries that he won't be able to hack it.
He will be just fine in the Premier League and considering his physical stature. Standing at 6ft 5in he won't lose too many battles in the air.
If he was to be bought by Newcastle, buying Andy Carroll would be a mistake. They are very similar in the way they play so if Newcastle were to land Bas Dost, they would have to buy somebody to compliment his style of play. A contrasting player. A Charlie Austin or a Saido Berahino would then be the player the Magpies would need to buy then.
Newcastle have been talking a lot about how they are going to 'bolt on the horse' as Mike Ashley put it and this would be a great start to what will surely be a very telling summer for Newcastle. They need to invest heavily in the team and strikers are the most important thing for the team. Strikers and a Centre half.
Newcastle have a problem with goals at both end of the field, both scoring them and conceding them, and this will only end in one thing if not addressed, relegation. So Newcastle must get this signing over the line to state their intentions and start the Summer overhaul that the club so desperately needs.