Stephen Elliott has suggested Troy Parrott should join Sunderland on loan from Tottenham this summer as he believes the Black Cats would be a good fit for him.
The 20-year-old impressed during his spell with MK Dons last season, scoring 10 goals in 47 appearances (Transfermarkt) as the Buckinghamshire side reached the League One play-offs.
Having returned to his parent club, Spurs are thought to be keen on sending him back out on loan ahead of the new season with a view to integrating him into the first team in the 2023-24 campaign (Football.London).
The same report mentioned a host of sides in the Championship, namely Swansea, Middlesbrough, Preston and QPR have shown interest in signing Parrott, whose Spurs contract runs until the summer of 2023.
But ex-Sunderland striker claims his former side should also be in the mix for Parrott as he believes the move would be a good one for both parties.
He told RTE: “He’s had that full season at League One and I think he’s a better player now than League One.
“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.
“He’s learning to pick up free kicks now, getting his body into positions where he’s taking a hit off a defender, being clever and buying time for his team. He’s got to play in every [Republic of Ireland] game for me.
“He really, really excites me. He reminds a little bit of a street footballer and in time he’ll make better decisions on his final pass; that’s going to come.”
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Tottenham clearly have high hopes for Parrott in the near future so they need to make sure they get this next move right as he continues his development.
Sunderland could be a good option as they have just been promoted to the Championship, which is a great league to develop in, and will be hoping to continue their momentum into the new campaign.
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