London - 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
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
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
"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
"We're in a good place. We're not far off the top and
we've a very long way to go this season."
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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."
Defender Toby Alderweireld will be tested on the leg injury
that has kept him out since the 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion on October 15
but Ben Davies and Erik Lamela remain sidelined.
Lamela has a hip problem that is taking longer than
anticipated to heal, Pochettino confirmed.
- Critical period for Swansea -
Swansea arrive in north London buoyed by Saturday's dramatic
5-4 win at home to Crystal Palace, their first victory under new manager Bob
The Swans play five of the bottom 12 teams after this game
and the American admitted it may well shape their season.
"I think it's a critical period between now and the
beginning of the new year," he said.
"There's a lot of work to do. The opportunity is there
to turn things around, to put a bad start behind us and really give us a bit
more belief that we're ready to finish the season in a strong way."
Former manager Brian Flynn is back at Swansea as a scout and
Bradley said he would have a say in any January transfer dealings.
"Recruitment starts with people who can spot
talent," he said.
"Brian's track record in that regard is special. Having
that kind of football man is fantastic for all of us."For
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