will finally challenge the Barclays Premier League big boys next season.
The Republic of Ireland striker rejoined Spurs in January after just six months at Liverpool, where he failed to live up to his £20million price tag.
The north London side have struggled this season and missed out on their last chance of silverware when they lost to Manchester United in the Carling Cup final.
Welcome back: Robbie Keane (right) is delighted with his return to Spurs
But Keane is adamant that they can finally shrug off their unachievers tag.
'We just need to keep going, get this season out of the way, stay up then concentrate on improving next season when we will be bigger and stronger,' he said.'When I was away from the club the results were disappointing to see how they were doing early on. I had a lot of friends at the club and still do. I was always looking for their result, but just look at the other teams that are down there. 'There are loads of them and there are some really big teams that can easily get relegated like Newcastle. The only ones that are safe are from Manchester United down to Everton. They are safe but no one else is. It is a strange league and it is good, but only if we stay up. 'It is tight at the bottom and we need the points badly but if we keep performing like we did against Sunderland we will be OK. There have been some quality players added since I left and Wilson Palacios has added some real steel in midfield. Maybe it is better now than when I left. 'We can't get too carried away. It would be difficult to take with a squad like this if we did go down but there is still a long way to go. Harry said the other day there could be up to 12 teams involved.' Defoe plots Tottenham comeback as Pavlyuchenko insists he will not quit
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