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FC Utrecht's Oar: Don't call me the next Kewell

Australian young gun Tommy Oar feels it is a bit unfair to be labeled as 'the next Harry Kewell'. The 19-year old FC Utrecht winger has had the comparison for a number of years now but hopes he is bringing his own uniqueness to the game rather than waiting in the wings of the Socceroos star.

"To label anyone 'The next…' is a bit unfair because everyone is their own player with their own strengths and weaknesses," he told

"If I have a good game, all of a sudden I'm great and if I have a bad game then all of a sudden I'm the worst. You can't affect what people say about you.

"I think where the praise was coming from wasn't from the people who mattered to me at the time."

And whilst he is trying to shake the Kewell tag, Oar is also preparing for the U20 World Cup which he hopes to be a part of with the Young Socceroos.

"My next goal is the Under-20 World Cup in Colombia. It's a pretty big competition and it would be great for Australian football if we can perform well in that," he added.

"I'm hoping I can do well personally, as well as the team, and then take that form into the new season with Utrecht and get more games under my belt in Holland."

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