Andros Townsend has admitted that he didn’t expect Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane to become as big as he has, in conversation with Sky Sports.
The two players both came through the ranks at Spurs and have made 50 appearances together for club and country.
Both Townsend and Kane had several loan spells during their time at Tottenham, but while the latter left permanently for Newcastle United in 2016, Kane has stayed put at N17.
Kane has since become one of the best strikers in the world, with a tally of 181 goals from 278 Spurs games, plus 32 goals from 45 England caps.
In addition, the 26-year-old is now his nation’s captain, and has also taken the armband at Spurs in Hugo Lloris’ absence.
While Townsend – now back in London with Crystal Palace – thought that Kane was a definite first-team player, he admits he didn’t expect him to reach the heights that he has.
“If you’d told me Harry would win the Golden Boot and be England captain by now, I wouldn’t have seen it, but what he did have from a young age, the first time I saw him, was an incredible ability to score goals from any angle,” he told Sky Sports.
“Left foot, right foot, header. But I didn’t see how big he was going to be and what a world-class player he was going to be, but he always had the ability to play in the first team.”
It doesn’t seem like so long ago that Kane was a promising enough Tottenham academy product, but from 2014 onwards he began a steady rise which not even many Spurs fans saw coming.
There are many stories in football of youngsters who are saddled with so much pressure and hype, and in the end they fail to achieve these heights, but Kane was allowed to develop under the radar and, credit to him, has worked incredibly hard to get to where he is.