Eintracht says, 'When in doubt, Bas Dost'
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Life without the Sebastien Haller-Luka Jovic duo appeared somewhat hollow for Eintracht Frankfurt. Adi Hutter’s side’s lost their attacking flair, triggering frustration in recent games. The in-house talent was't picking up the slack. External replacements became essential. Enter Dutch tradesman Bas Dost.
The striker earned his clinical reputation at Wolfsburg before embarking on another journey in Portugal with Sporting Club. In his first two seasons in Liga NOS, Dost scored 36 and 34 goals across all competitions. Nagged by injuries that cost him a dozen matches in 2018/19 and lacking his usual support after ownership issues decimated the squad, his output dipped to 23 goals Now he returns to the Bundesliga to prove he can still provide the end-product on which his reputation is built.
One poor season places added pressure on the 30-year-old's shoulders. Then again, replacing two lethal finishers is no easy task.
That said, Dost is known for delivering. He possesses the finishing attributes to make supporters forget Haller and Jovic. At 6’5, he’s not only a towering physical specimen like the Frenchman but also surprisingly agile in possession. His link-up style, along with the ability to hold onto possession are valuable assets guaranteed to suit Frankfurt’s fluid style. When it comes to finishing chances, he’s cunning like a fox, managing a streak of 45-first time finishes in Liga NOS.
When it comes to contributing goals, Eintracht's €7million represents incredible value. Portugal was a rich hunting ground for Dost. In 84 league appearances, the striker netted seventy-six times. It’s rather bewildering how a bigger side didn’t pick him up although age and his reputation as merely a target man work against him in a game that now focusses on movement and pace.
No matter, Adi Hutter will gladly take the experience that comes with Dost's age. Die Adler’s relatively young attack is still quite raw, resulting in too much indecisiveness. A lethal finisher provides focus and confidence. Teammates will want to feed him.
Apart from his solid footwork in a more grounded style, Dost is also a monster in the air. Wing-backs Filip Kostic and Danny da Costa must be licking their lips at the prospect of whipping in inviting crosses for the new man. Meanwhile, Croatian Ante Rebic is now free to express his unique skills more effectively. He'll bring the movement and pace and be the lightning striking unpredictably around Dost's thunderhead.
Calling Dos a pure target man insults his unique, unpredictable style. That streak of first-touch finishes illustrates his ability to find empty spaces, anticipate passes and position himself with sublime effectiveness. Prior Bundesliga experience will help him make the adjustment from Sporting to Eintracht. In his stint with Wolfsburg, the striker was already earning high praise for his opportunistic nature. Of course, he had Kevin de Bruyne and Ivan Perisic backing him. They won the DFB Pokal in 2015.
Frankfurt’s style is perhaps not as free-flowing as that die Wolfe squad but it still tends to the striker’s needs. He’ll get a lion’s share of chances to reinvigorate his scoring rate. As he continually plucks from his bag of tricks, Dost will provide vital education for Eintracht's young forwards.
Goncalo Paciencia brims with potential. The Portuguese can learn a thing or two about decision-making in front of goal and keeping his emotions in check during clutch scenarios.
Young Japanese sensation Daichi Kamada is a trickster in his own right. Selection and timing are the traits he must develop. Playing off Dost's ability to create space for teammates, the 23-year-old can now drive forward with more confidence to find scoring opportunities.
Similar to last season, Eintracht Frankfurt started this campaign slowly. With a goal-drought threatening to plague their campaign, Bas Dost's arrives in the proverbial nick of time. His passion for putting the ball into the net should reignite the Eagles exciting style.