Allofs: Bas Dost Can Be Key Man For Netherlands

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Wolfsburg sporting director, Klaus Allofs has backed Bas Dost to be a regular for the Oranje of Netherlands.

Dost scored his first international goal for Netherlands, 32 minutes into the 3-2 win over Wales.

Allofs has now backed the Wolfsburg striker to feature more for Netherlands, ahead of Huntelaar and Van Persie.

“Yes of course [Dost can make the starting line-up],” said Allofs, a 1980 European Championship-winner with Germany.

“He is not just a bench warmer for the national team. Bas Dost had a very successful season last year and proved that he is capable of scoring a lot of goals. I personally think that he is not at his best yet and still needs to improve.

“The names Van Persie and Huntelaar are players who already have great careers behind them. It is a tough task to earn selection over them but I was impressed with what I saw in the last match the Dutch national team played.

“When he came on the pitch, you can see that he plays differently than these players and depending on who they face, his presence can be a very helpful solution for the team and I wish him well – I hope that he gets the chance to show his abilities.

“Strikers are a little bit different to the other players. When Bas does not score or when he starts from the bench, then his mood isn’t as good. Then it is not so easy to get along with him.

“But normally, he is somebody who works for the team and is very ambitious and he fits perfectly into the group.”

Dost will have another chance to bolster his international credentials when Netherlands travel to play Germany on Tuesday.



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