Wind the clock back 12 months and the speedy right-back was going into the last seven games of the season fighting for Premier League survival with Burnley.
Unfortunately, that particular cause was ultimately lost and the Clarets’ relegation last May remains a painful memory for the 25-year-old.
But this time around he’s going into the last seven games with a battle on his hands at the other end of the table and, with Liverpool first up at Anfield on Saturday, the hard-working full-back says he’s once again up for the fight – albeit with the target of a better outcome!
“You’re fighting for different reasons,” said Kieran when asked what the similarities are between this season and last for him. “Obviously last year it was a fight against relegation and it was a tough end to the season but this time, with Spurs, we’re on a good run, we’re in a good position and we’ve got seven big games to go.
“It’s been a very good season for the team and the whole club. Obviously last year wasn’t too good for me personally but I’m at the other end of the table now so hopefully all the boys in the team can finish strongly.
“Obviously it’s going to be an exciting last seven games of the season but we all believe. It’s like people have been saying – they’re all cup finals so we’ll just take it game by game, starting at Liverpool.”
Of the 31 Premier League matches we’ve played in 2015-16 to date, Kieran has started five, come off the bench in one and only missed out on a place in the matchday squad once. He earned his first league start for us at Watford on December 28 and since then has been sharing the right-back role with in-form Kyle Walker as we’ve competed on several fronts.
Now, with domestic duties our sole focus, the former Manchester City youngster says both he and Kyle will be giving everything they’ve got to help the team – and each other – to perform on the pitch.
“Since just after Christmas I’ve been getting more games in the league – I can only try to push for my place,” he said. “Obviously Kyle has been there and he’s been doing really well so hopefully we can just keep pushing each other.
“We finished strongly as a group before the break we’ve just had, everybody has been refuelled going away for the internationals and this week everybody is back in and focusing on Liverpool so hopefully we can go there and get the three points. We’ll go into every single game hoping to win and looking to give everything for the team and the fans.”