Stut­ter­ing Spurs look for Kane in­spi­ra­tion

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Tot­ten­ham host Swansea on Satur­day 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 Lon­don­ers 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, firstly at Monaco in the Cham­pi­ons League, a re­sult that meant they can­not qual­ify for the next stage, and then at London ri­vals Chelsea in the Pre­mier League. That ended Tot­ten­ham’s 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, seven points adrift of 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 Ar­gen­tine is con­fi­dent Spurs 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,” Pochettino said. “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. “We need to de­liver Satur­day and do a great job to try and get the three points.”

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