Football: Kane set to fire Spurs up

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is hoping that Harry Kane (left) can continue his scoring streak against Swansea today. Spurs have lost their last two matches in all competitions and are in fifth place in the Premier League, seven points behind
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is hoping that Harry Kane (above) can continue his scoring streak against Swansea today. Spurs have lost their last two matches in all competitions and are in fifth place in the Premier League, seven points behind leaders Chelsea.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

In-form striker signs on with Tottenham until 2022, hopes to celebrate with win

LONDON • Tottenham Hotspur host Swansea today, hoping Harry Kane can celebrate signing a new contract by continuing his hot scoring streak and helping them get their season firing again.

The England forward sealed an improved deal that ties him to the Spurs until 2022 - a timely boost for a club in a bad patch on the pitch.

They go into the Swansea game having lost their last two matches, against Monaco in the Champions League which meant they failed to qualify for the next stage and then at Chelsea in the Premier League.

That ended their unbeaten start to the league campaign, an achievement which had been all the more impressive since Kane was sidelined by an ankle injury in September.

But, with four goals in the four games since he returned to fitness, there is no doubting that Kane will be the man to watch at White Hart Lane once again.

Tottenham will kick off in fifth place, seven points behind leaders Chelsea, but Kane is confident of making up that ground.

"The form of the last couple of months hasn't been where we want it to be because we've set such high standards," the 23-year-old said.

"But it isn't the time to panic or be worried. The performance against Chelsea was very good, even though we didn't win, which was disappointing.

"We're in a good place. We're not far off the top and we've a very long way to go this season."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is understandably delighted to see Kane make a long-term commitment to the club.

And the Argentinian is confident his team can get back to the form that saw them defeat then-leaders Manchester City in early October.

"Against Chelsea we lost but we recovered the feeling that we can play well," said Pochettino, who was yesterday boosted by the news that defender Jan Vertonghen has signed a new contract that will run until 2019.

"This week has been perfect because we could spend time together and train hard. We held a lot of meetings and the answer from the players was fantastic."

Pochettino added that he wished he could have done with the services of midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was allowed to leave for Swansea in the summer of 2014.

The Iceland international, who returns to White Hart Lane today, has since blossomed at Swansea, scoring nine goals in his first season at the club and 11 last time out. He has five so far this season.

"I think after he moved to Swansea and we saw his development, he was a perfect player for us," Pochettino said. "But in that moment it was the club decision and his decision to move to Swansea."

Swansea arrive in north London buoyed by last Saturday's dramatic 5-4 win at home to Crystal Palace, their first victory under new manager Bob Bradley.

But they face a difficult task today as they have not beaten Tottenham in the league since a 2-0 success in October 1982.

"When you play them you have to do a lot of things really well because they are going to press and make it difficult for you to find a passing rhythm," Bradley said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 03, 2016, with the headline 'Kane set to fire Spurs up'. Print Edition | Subscribe