Kevin Phillips has tipped Harry Kane to return to his best for Tottenham after he scored his first goal since 28 December.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 26-year-old “did not help himself” against Manchester United when he dropped deep looking for the ball.

Kane scored his 18th goal of the season to secure all three points for Spurs against London rivals West Ham on Tuesday night.

The England captain made his return from a torn hamstring, suffered on New Year’s Day, on Friday against Manchester United.

Phillips insisted the goal was of huge importance to Kane, as it would any striker after such a long period out.

“It is massive,” he told Football Insider.

“Take it from a striker. If you are Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, whoever you are, to get that first goal after being out for so long is huge.

“You could see in the way he celebrated. The monkey is off his back and he can now get on and do what he does best in the Premier League.

“Harry has not helped himself because he is so eager to get involved all over the pitch and at times he is well out of position.

“Now that he has scored I think you will see him doing what he does best. That is getting on the end of through balls, playing on the last man and getting in behind.

“Massive relief for him and the club.

“Everyone knew that when he went through one-on-one there was only one outcome. The hardest goals to score are when you are bearing down on the goalkeeper and you have time to think about it.

“He did it with ease and that is the sign of a top-class striker and someone who has not lost his confidence in front of goal.”

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