Stephen Elliott believes his former club Sunderland can provide good home for Troy Parrott to continue his development.

The 20-year-old started three of Ireland's four UEFA Nations League games this month, finding the net with a header against Scotland on Saturday and following it up with a encouraging performance in the 1-1 draw with Ukraine in Lodz on Tuesday.

Between now and the resumption of the Nations League campaign in September, it's unclear however what is next for the striker.

Still on the books at parent club Tottenham Hotspur, the Dubliner is expected to go out on loan again after gradually thriving at MK Dons in League One last season.

But for next term, former Ireland striker Elliott believes Parrott needs to move to a higher level than the English third tier and that the Championship should be the minimum level "for Ireland's sake".

"He's had that full season at League One and I think he's a better player now than League One," he told the RTÉ Soccer Podcast.

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"I know people say he didn't score loads of goals in League One but the way he plays, he was always involved in goals and he started to score a few more towards the end of the season - some really good goals.

"But for him to keep improving, he needs to move himself up a level. I think somewhere like Sunderland - they need a couple of strikers - they've got Ross Stewart there at the moment but he could do with a little help in there.

"I think if Troy Parrott came to Sunderland, I think he'd embrace playing for a club like that with the big crowds, the atmosphere at the games and that feeling of doing well there and thriving there.

"He looks like the type of player that thrives on playing on the big occasion and I think it could be a really good move."

Also speaking on the podcast, former League of Ireland winner Graham Gartland emphasised his belief that Parrott could develop into a Teddy Sheringham-style forward, with his promising link-up play.

Parrott in action against Sunderland for MK Dons

And because of that, the ex-Drogheda United and Shamrock Rovers player and Elliott feel Parrott should be first choice with Stephen Kenny's decision about the strikeforce reduced down to picking who plays off him.

"I can see him as a sort of a Teddy Sheringham type of player that is really good at dropping in," said Gartland.

"When he naturally fills out and becomes better at holding the ball up, he'll be better with his back to goal.

"But I see him as that player that can drop in and play and the Sheringham thing popped into my head. I know he works a bit at Spurs with Harry Kane but that type of player that can come in and link the game and comes onto the ball."

Elliott agreed that as Parrott develops physically, he will add more strings to his bows. But he has already seen signs of progress in other aspects of his game.

"He's learning to pick up free kicks now. He's getting his body into positions where he's taking a hit off a defender, he's being clever and buying time for his team," said Elliott.

"I think he's got to play in every (Ireland) game for me. He really, really excites me. He reminds a little bit of a street footballer and in time I think he'll make better decisions on his final pass and I think that's going to come to him."