While discussing Kane's potential with Sport Magazine, Townsend suggested that he once lacked the traits that make him such a formidable striker today. He says the England international always had a knack for scoring goals, but his recent form has peaked because of his athletic improvements.
“A few years ago, he was maybe lacking a little bit of pace, a little bit of strength – but you could see in training that he always had that ability to score goals from anywhere," he told Sport Magazine.
"Now, he’s got quicker, he’s got stronger, he’s got leaner – and Spurs are seeing the benefit. He’s turned into a real animal.”
A real animal indeed, Kane scored 21 goals in 34 appearances as he hit the headlines in his breakout top-flight season.
Having previously been given a shot in the first team by Tim Sherwood, it was under Mauricio Pochettino that the 21-year-old staked his claim for regular first-team royalties - initially impressing the Argentine with his displays in the Europa League.
Townsend is a clear admirer of the youngster's ability and, when asked if Kane is someone he has always enjoyed playing alongside for Spurs or England, he responded: “Yeah, of course – because I know if I give him the ball, I’ve got an assist! Every time I give it to him, I know he’ll do the rest.”
Kane will be an integral figure for Spurs next season as Pochettino looks to close the gap on the top four in his second campaign at the helm.
Expectations around the 21-year-old will be extremely high following the success of last term, but he will no doubt relish the challenge of pleasing the White Hart Lane faithful.