Naughton warns Swans to keep Kane quiet
3rd March 2015
Kyle Naughton faces former club Tottenham on Wednesday night warning his new team-mates to do what few teams have done this season - keep Harry Kane quiet.
Naughton goes up against his old team-mates for the first time since leaving White Hart Lane for the Swans in January.
The right-back, who has started all five games under Garry Monk since his switch to SA1, has been part of a Swans side that claimed a first league double over Manchester United along with victories at Southampton and Burnley.
Now settled into his new surroundings, the 26-year-old is back at his old stomping ground as the Swans target a first Barclays Premier League victory over Tottenham, who were beaten by Chelsea in Sunday's Capital One Cup final.
And Naughton, who spent five-and-a-half years in North London, is adamant striker Kane - who has 24 goals in 39 appearances this season - must be tamed if Monk's men have any hope of claiming a third consecutive win.
"When I joined Tottenham, Harry was in the reserves, and Tim Sherwood tried to push him forward at the club," said Naughton. "Tim believed in his ability and you can see why because he's been promoted to the first team and gone on to score goals against the best defences in the league.
"Everyone knew what he was capable of purely by watching him in training.
"His hard work really shines through, but for me, his finishing is outstanding. In the box, outside the box, head, left foot, right foot - he can do it all.
"That ability, along with his work rate has been the big reason he's really pushed on. He should be in the England squad in my opinion.
"When someone is a natural finisher you don't doubt that they'll get a lot of goals every season and we have to keep an eye on him and stop him from getting into any space.
"It's not only that, though, as sometimes you think you've got time on the ball but he closes you down very quickly. He's got a good turn of pace.
"He's a massive influence in that team and we've got to really limit that influence."
Naughton is not the only player set to face his former club on Wednesday night, with Gylfi Sigurdsson the other Swan with Tottenham links while Michel Vorm and Ben Davies are set to be included Mauricio Pochettino's squad.
And Naughton revealed he is looking forward to locking horns with his former team-mates.
"It's quite interesting playing against your old club," he said. "I experienced it when I went back to Sheffield United - going into the away changing room and feeling a different atmosphere makes it a really interesting occasion.
"I had a great relationship with the players and staff at the club, so I'm looking forward to it.
"I keep in touch with a number of the Tottenham lads, in particular Danny Rose, Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon - who is on loan at Everton now.
"I obviously know a lot about the team, but there's nothing I could tell the manager that he doesn't already know."