Allofs tips Dost to star for Netherlands

VfL Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has backed the club's star striker, Bas Dost, to become a key player for the Netherlands if he continues to improve.

The 26-year-old enjoyed a breakout season with the Wolves in 2014/15, finding the net 16 times in 21 Bundesliga appearances.

His scintillating performances did most certainly not go unnoticed by the Netherlands coaching staff, who handed him his international debut as a second-half substitute in a 2-0 victory over Spain at the end of March.

Dost returned to the international fold on Friday, opening the scoring before teeing up team-mate Arjen Robben in a 3-2 victory over Wales.

When asked if he thought Dost could stake a claim for a regular starting berth in the Netherlands side, Allofs said: "Yes of course [Dost can make the starting line-up].

"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."