“We all know the kind of talent Udanta possesses and as a club, we need to make sure he’s given the best chance to keep improving. We are glad that Oxford United FC accepted our request to have him over and we have no doubt whatsoever that the boy will make the most of his stay there. He will be under the guidance of a seasoned manager like Appleton and will return not only an asset to the club but to the country even,” said Parth Jindal, CEO Bengaluru FC.
Ashley Westwood, who has overseen the development of Udanta over the course of last season, believes that under Appleton's guidance the player will improve his skills further.
“We are delighted that Oxford United have given Udanta a chance to train and improve at such a well-run and organised football club with some really good facilities as theirs. I personally went to meet the staff whom I know very well and I am pleased that he is in good hands with an exceptional coach who has worked with some of the best in the country in Roy Hodgson, Roberto Di Matteo and Bryan Robson. I am certain that Udanta will excel under the mentoring of Michael Appleton,” opined Westwood.
Udanta found similarities in the training methods of Appleton and Westwood and mentioned that it allowed him to feel 'at home'.
“The facilities are really good here and there are a lot of similarities between methods here and at Bengaluru FC which makes me feel at home. It did take a bit to get used to the pitch but I’m comfortable now,” Udanta said.
Appleton hopes that Udanta can make the most of this opportunity and fulfill his potential.
“Oxford United are delighted to give Udanta the opportunity to keep progressing along his development path by coming and training with us and hopefully he will fulfill his potential,” said Appleton.
It must be noted that Udanta was amongst the players who were to be included in the Indian Super League (ISL) draft but given that his training stint abroad was being arranged by Bengaluru FC, his name was removed from the list of 112 players.