Bas Dost: The In-Form Striker Who's Seriously Challenging Lionel Messi for the European Golden Shoe

Jamie Spencer

​ Bas Dost could have joined Newcastle in the summer of 2015 had the Magpies been willing to cough up just a little more cash. That came after the Dutch striker had scored 16 times in 21 Bundesliga appearances for a fashionable Wolfsburg side during the 2014/15 campaign.

Dost, like Wolfsburg post-Kevin de Bruyne, endured a difficult season in 2015/16, but was once again linked with Newcastle last summer, despite the club's drop into the Championship. He was also mentioned in conjunction with reigning Premier League champions Leicester, ultimately joining neither and making the switch to Portugal instead where he linked up with Sporting CP.


Eight months later and it couldn't have been a better choice for the 27-year-old.

Dost initially rose to fame after finishing the 2011/12 campaign as Eredivisie top scorer while playing for renowned club Heerenveen, developers of so many top talents over the years. He netted 32 times in 34 that season, but as can often be the case with prolific Dutch exports, it was a struggle to subsequently replicate that kind of immense prowess elsewhere.

But after his €10m move from Germany, Dost has rediscovered that touch in Lisbon.


His most recent game, Saturday's home fixture against Boavista, resulted in a hat-trick. He actually fired a blank against Arouca six days earlier, but bagged a brace against Nacional in the last game prior to the March international break and scored all four of Sporting's goals in a 4-1 win over Tondela a week before that.

Largely as a result of his rampant goalscoring since December - he only managed to score in only two games out of 10 in all competitions during a relative dry spell beginning in early October - Dost's league tally for the season now stands at a hugely impressive 27.

The Dutchman has actually only played 25 times in the Primeira Liga this season, making his return better than a goal per game, more so considering that all 27 have come in just 18 appearances. Edinson Cavani has scored two more in France, but played four more games.


Cavani won't win the coveted European Golden Shoe this season. The annual prize awarded to the continent's top goalscorer is weighted in favour of goals scored in more 'difficult' leagues. Ligue 1 isn't considered elite, but Portugal's top flight still is and so Dost is currently joint top of the standings alongside a certain Lionel Messi of Barcelona, also with 27 goals.

No Portugal-based player has won the Golden Shoe since Mario Jardel scored 42 times for Sporting during the 2001/02 campaign, his second award, while Luis Suarez sharing the 2013/14 prize with Cristiano Ronaldo is the only time since 2008 it hasn't been scooped by a player in Spain.

Dost could yet change all of that and it would be an incredible achievement if he does.

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