Kevin Doyle believes encouraging signs have emerged in recent weeks when it comes to options available to the Republic of Ireland in the forward department of the current national team playing pool.

On Saturday, Brighton's Aaron Connolly provided the assist for Neal Maupay's winner against Arsenal as the Premier League resumption continued.

Meanwhile, Shane Long and David McGoldrick have both signed new deals with Southampton and Sheffield United respectively this month, while Michael Obafemi started for the Saints in their 3-0 win over Norwich.

The Boys in Green do not return to action until September, with the crucial Euro 2020 playoff fixture against Slovakia set for 8 October

But former Ireland striker Doyle was impressed by Connolly's contribution against Arsenal and feels recent developments for Irish strikers in the Premier League are "little bright signs" ahead of important dates on the horizon.

"[Connolly] made a great impact at the start of the season when he got his first goal," he said on RTÉ2fm's Game On.

"And for us with Ireland as well, we know our dates in October so the more strikers the better hopefully.

"Shane Long signed a new contract, hopefully he can get playing for Southampton and score some goals and create some competition.

"Dave McGoldrick is back so there are little bright signs and hopefully they will all be firing in October when we need them."

On the first week of Premier League fixtures since the season resumed, Doyle added that he was not surprised at how the matches have played out so far given the lack of atmosphere in the stadiums and the lack of game-time for all players over a three month span.

"It doesn't matter what sport you're playing. Playing in front of a crowd that's roaring and shouting and screaming at you gives you an extra half a yard and I think that was missing in most of the Premier League games over the weekend," he said.