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Australia speedster perfect option for Burnley’s threadbare wing

| 19.06.2014

While the Australia squad at this summer’s World Cup continue to be led by the brilliance of Tim Cahill, many of the young group will be hoping to emulate the Tony Yeboah impressionist’s Premier League career if they play well enough in Brazil.

Like the former Everton man, a host of Socceroos have enjoyed fruitful top-flight careers and there’s an opportunity for some of the country’s current crop to follow suit.

After making Holland work their socks off to earn three points against them in Group B, a defeat that ended Australia’s chances of reaching the last 16, one man looks to be ahead of the pack that’s chasing a Premier League payday.

Having endured a nerve-affected World Cup debut against Chile, winger Tommy Oar showed his true ability when faced with the 4/11 Group B favourites.

A constant threat down the left hand side, Oar combined with fellow attackers Cahill and Mathew Leckie to worry the Dutch defence whenever they broke forward.

A 22-year-old with pace and creativity, Oar has been playing for Dutch side Utrecht since 2010 and registered one goal and seven assists in 32 total appearances for the club last season.

His passion for assists was abundantly clear when he perhaps wrongly squared the ball to Leckie rather than shoot himself just before Memphis Depay’s long-range third goal for the Dutch.

However, according to Whoscored.com no player has crafted more clear-cut chances at the World Cup than the Gold Coast native.

It’s that invention that could well have a Premier League newcomer adding him to their summer shopping list.

Burnley achieved promotion from the Championship with Michael Kightly and Scott Arfield playing on the wings and a desperately short of depth in that area (Kightly was on loan from Stoke last term).

Australia are 13/2 to sign off their World Cup campaign with a win over beleaguered Spain.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.