Andros Townsend has admitted he never expected former Tottenham teammate Harry Kane to become the world-class striker he is now, amid reports he could be back sooner than expected from injury.
Spurs have been without their talisman since New Year’s Day when he suffered a hamstring injury in a 1-0 defeat to Southampton.
The 26-year-old needed an operation and Jose Mourinho feared he would be without his key frontman for the rest of the season.
However, according to The Sun, Kane could be back playing in just SIX WEEKS as he eyes a return in early April, which would be a huge boost for Tottenham and England.
Kane has been a huge miss for Spurs, who have won just three league games since losing the vice-captain, who before his injury scored had 17 goals in 25 games.
And Townsend, who came through Tottenham’s academy with the England skipper, conceded to talkSPORT he ‘didn’t see it coming’ that his old friend would become one of the world’s best players.
“Harry is one of the best strikers in the world and I didn’t see it coming, but he always had the foundations to do it,” the Crystal Palace winger said on the White and Sawyer show.
“From the first time I saw him he’s always had an incredible ability to score goals.
“Maybe he didn’t have the mobility he does now, or maybe he was half a yard slower, but he always possessed that ability to score left foot, right foot, from any position on the pitch.
“And in the last three or four years he’s been in the gym, he’s bulked up, he’s got quicker, he’s got stronger, he can head the ball, he can run.
“He’s pretty much an all-round player now and one of the best in the world, and rightly so.”