Clement making no special plans to contain Harry Kane

Date published: Friday 15th September 2017 1:51 - Oli Fisher

Swansea boss Paul Clement claims his side will make no special plans to shut out in-form Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Kane has scored six goals in four games for club and country with his well-documented failure to score in August again already a distant memory.

The 24-year-old England striker has scored four goals in his last two Spurs appearances, taking him past the 100 mark for the London club.

“You have to make sure you’re trying to control him (Kane) because he has a lot of different qualities,” Swansea head coach Paul Clement said.

“But I’ve had these situations before, when you’re playing against sides with an outstanding talent.

“How much do you really try and pin that down? Then you get hurt somewhere else.

“You’ve just got to have sound defensive principles as a team, so hopefully you will control him and their other threats as well.”

Swansea assistants Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi know Kane well from their time on the Tottenham coaching staff.

Clement admits that the progress Kane has made in the past couple of seasons is putting him close to the celebrated striking company he has worked with during his time at Chelsea, Paris St Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

“Some of the strikers I have worked with have been at the very top for a number of years and have won things at national team level, European level and club level as well,” Clement said.

“He’s certainly moving in that direction but only time will tell if he ends up being one of the real greats.

“I don’t know him personally but some of my staff know him from Tottenham and they say what a professional he is and how hard he works at his game.

“He reminds me of Frank Lampard, who I worked with at Chelsea, in that way as he gets the absolute best out of the ability that he has got.

“The statistics when you look at him physically, what he does as a striker, he really works.

“He’s getting statistics you’d be proud of as a central midfielder. He really puts a shift in.”

Swansea are seeking to bounce back from last week’s 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle.

They have never beaten Spurs in a dozen Premier League encounters and new arrival Sam Clucas has even more painful memories of coming up against Tottenham.

Clucas was in a relegated Hull side crushed 7-1 at home by Spurs on the final day of last season.

“I had a horrible experience playing against them at the end of last season,” Clucas said.

“We were already down by then and morale was low and we caught them on a very good day. It shows what they can do, but we know what they are all about and I want to try and put that right on Saturday.”

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