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5th Dec, 2016 | 3:22pm

Chris Kirkland claims form of Tottenham man is crucial

By Dominic Toner

Former England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland believes that Tottenham forward Harry Kane is a “real bonus” when he is at his best.

The 23-year-old helped Spurs complete a comfortable 5-0 home victory against Swansea on Saturday in the Premier League.

He scored twice for the north London club and has netted six times in his last five appearances, with five of them coming from the penalty spot.

Kane has missed 10 games with an ankle injury already this season and has made a great impact since his return.

Kirkland praises Spurs after their convincing win at the weekend and highlighted the importance of Kane.

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“The scoreline says it all but Harry Kane was on top form, which is a real bonus for Mauricio Pochettino,” Kirkland told Sky Sports. “Winning by five goals at this level is very impressive regardless of opposition.”

Spurs face an important week as they must avoid defeat on Wednesday against CSKA Moscow to reach the Europa League knockout rounds.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side then travel to Old Trafford on Sunday to face Manchester United and will want to keep in touch with the Premier League’s top four.

Spurs are currently fifth in the table and are three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

Kane is expected to play in both of the crunch matches and is a massive boost to the club’s attacking set-up.

He has recently signed a long-term contract at White Hart Lane and will want to continue his goalscoring record for the club, scoring 72 goals in just 138 appearances to date.

In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has urged the club’s player to sign a new contract.