Tommy Oar signing might see Brisbane Roar reshuffle

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The signing of Tommy Oar has delighted Brisbane Roar fans and he could prove to be a difference maker in the closing stages of the season as the club chase their third Hyundai A-League Premiership.

The Roar sit just three points off top spot with six games in the regular season to go but their recent form has been erratic to say the least.

They’ve only won three of their nine games this year and each time they’ve lost it has been by a significant margin, even shipping six goals against Perth Glory.

While there are plenty of problems at the back, a lack of cutting edge after controlling games for long periods of time have cost them time after time this season.

The return of Oar could go a way to solving some of these problems and force head coach John Aloisi into a bit of a team reshuffle.

While Aloisi has said Oar’s “versatility is going to very handy” going forward, he should be utilised out wide where he is most effective.

Alongside top scorer Jamie Maclaren and the ever impressive Brandon Borrello, Oar would be the third prong of a very fast, tricky and skillful front three, all of whom have goals in them.

Thomas Broich, yet to score a goal this season but still an effective creative force capable of pulling the strings, should drop down into midfield alongside Corona and Dimitri Petratos.

The move of the mercurial German into midfield has been expected for a while now but Aloisi may just quicken that transition and pull the trigger this season.

That leaves skipper Matt McKay to slot into the left back spot where neither Shane Stefanutto or Corey Brown have really been able to leave their mark this campaign.

Although the left side of defence has never been McKay’s preferred position, he will bring a stability that the Roar defence has lacked and allow his head coach to switch things around further up the field to try and find the right combination going forward.

Bringing in a Socceroos of undoubted class was a brilliant move by the club with Oar a nightmare for defences to deal with and he is capable of chipping in when it counts, whether it’s setting goals up or scoring them himself.

It could prove to be the difference between another Premiership and just a spot in the finals.

While he has argued that a lot of the results he has gotten this season have been rather harsh considering his team’s performances, Aloisi may just have to try something a bit different and the addition of Oar gives him plenty of options to do so.

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Lochy McIvor
Brisbane Roar and Tottenham Hotspur supporter. Jesus would have played in the hole. Follow me at @lochymci

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