ARMANI Little has been tipped by Karl Robinson to have a good career, days after the Oxford United boss decided against offering him a new contract.

The 22-year-old was signed last summer to form part of the U’s inaugural under 23 squad after being released by Southampton.

He was included in the pre-season trip to Ireland and made two appearances for the senior side in December.

But Little has spent most of the campaign on loan at Woking in Vanarama National League South and this week was told he did not have a future at United.

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Financial challenges and the large crop of talented under 18s coming through have been given as reasons for the number of players being released.

Robinson predicts Little will not be short of offers this summer, but thought in his case the key was the number of young central midfield players ahead of him in the pecking order.

He said: “It is a difficult one, but it’s the reality of the industry.

“We felt Armani had done well this year and I think he’s going to be a very good professional footballer.

“But I think he has to find a home to play.

“He’s been sensational at Woking, but he’s similar to Shandon Baptiste, Mark Sykes and Cameron Brannagan.

“If you look at our team next year they are three players you’d say have tremendous value for the club.

“He plays in the same position and it’s a bit unfair to keep him if he’s going to be No 4 to them.”