Mentor tells Oar to team up

SOCCEROOS coach Holger Osieck doesn't want to clip Tommy Oar's wings but believes the teenager has to make changes to his game.

Oar, 19, is one of Australia's most promising talents but the German coach says the former Brisbane Roar star is still some way off from realising his potential.

Oar was left out of the initial 23-man squad for the Asian Cup, but earned a second chance when Richard Garcia was injured.

And while Oar was an unused substitute in Australia's opening two matches in Qatar, both player and coach believe he will benefit from the experience.

“It's clear that he has to change his game a little bit,” Osieck said.

“Not to the extent that he loses his individual strengths but he has to learn a little bit more of integrating into a team and getting involved in some technical aspects and using his individual ability to just make a team stronger.

“Not limit him like a bird that you cut off its wings, that's not the idea.

“But football is a bit more than just individual ability.

“If he makes that step forward, he will be a very good player for us.”

Oar left the Roar to join Dutch club FC Utrecht last year after a run of impressive form in the A-League and a stunning debut for the Socceroos against Indonesia.

He has had a handful of first-team appearances, including coming on as a substitute against Liverpool in a Europa League match in December.

Osieck said it was not for him to say if it was too early for a move to Europe but Oar is convinced the timing was right.

Oar was grateful to have been thrown a lifeline by Osieck and planned to make the most of it.

“I wasn't even meant to be here so I'm just soaking it all in and am happy to be here, trying to learn and train hard and get an opportunity,” he said.

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