The 19-year-old made a cameo appearance in the English’s side friendly tie against the Portuguese team…
Udanta Singh’s stint at Oxford United wasn’t merely another claptrap move to a foreign nation as the striker made his debut in less than a month since joining the English club.
On Thursday, Oxford played a friendly against Benfica B at St George’s Park, Burton which they lost 4-0 with two goals from Victor Andrade and one each by Diogo Goncalves and Elbio Alvarez.
Singh was introduced in the 85th minute for midfielder Aidan Hawtin.
“Just from the development point of view we’ve said we will get him over for a month and introduce him into the English side of the game. It’s also good from a relationship point of view, building it up.
“At the end of the day if they feel they’ve got people like Udanta and there’s an opportunity for them to come over and showcase their talents it’s an opportunity for them to maybe get in the English game,” was what coach Michael Appleton had to say after including Singh in the squad for Thursday’s friendly.
Although the English side didn’t have the best of games, Appleton pointed at the quality of opposition and stated that having played against some of the best talent in Portugal, this would certainly be a learning curve for his players, including the Tata Football Academy (TFA) graduate.
“It was a fantastic experience for all of them. It was a situation where within five minutes they found themselves 2-0 down by a couple of errors. That was the difference on the day – for as good as their players were they punished our errors and we didn’t punish theirs.
“I said to the players after the game ‘I’d be amazed if in 18 months’ time you’re not watching two or three of their players in the Champions League for Benfica’s first team’,” Appleton was quoted saying.
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