Oxford manager Karl Robinson insists Chris Cadden’s move to the MLS is ‘10 times worse’ than Joe Aribo leaving Charlton for Rangers.

Former Motherwell winger Cadden, who had been playing right-back for the U’s, has been recalled from his loan at the English League One side by Columbus Crew and had a £1million value placed on his head.

However, former Vancouver manager Robinson believes the 23-year-old’s career will suffer by playing in America and has compared his departure to Aribo’s transfer to Ibrox last summer.

At the time, Charlton gaffer Bowyer said: “It’s a shame if he [Aribo] gets pushed to somewhere where it is not going to benefit him in his football career.”

On Cadden, Robinson said: “At 23 and going to play in MLS, I don’t get it.

“Bow [Bowyer] got criticised for Joe Aribo going to Glasgow Rangers, but I think this is 10 times worse.

“Chris Cadden is a top Championship right-back and will grow with this club.

“You don’t know where his end game is, he’s still really young. Maybe I’m being harsh, but it’s only because I care for the boy.

“At no stage do I want anyone to think this is Chris Cadden, because he’s openly said he’d love to stay here.”

Cadden, who made 23 appearances for Oxford after joining on loan from Crew immediately following his departure at Motherwell, said: “I have loved my time at Oxford. It’s a brilliant club and I want to thank the gaffer, the players and staff and especially the fans, who have been unbelievable.

“I’m looking forward to my new adventure but I want to wish Oxford the very best for the future; the fans deserve success and I believe they have the right people to lead them to that this season.”