The Belgium defender praised the winger following his first Premier League goal for Spurs, claiming he has the potential to follow in the Real Madrid superstar's footsteps
The England international scored his first Premier League goal for Spurs during Sunday’s 2-0 defeat of Aston Villa after a run of eye-catching performances for both club and country.
Vertonghen played with Real Madrid’s Bale for the north London club last season and sees many similarities between the Welshman and Townsend.
"I think Andros can be our new Gareth Bale," the Belgian told reporters. "He has so much pace and technique and skills, and he can do it with both feet. I hope he can keep going like this and he can even be our best player.
"Can he reach the same level as Bale? Maybe one day, if he keeps working - and he will. He's young. In two or three years I think he can go to that level, yes.
"I remember playing against him in training last year. Sometimes I played left-back so I played against him when he was on the right wing in training, and I never liked playing against him.
"He's 100 per cent professional and I like him as a person as well so I'm very happy he's doing this well."
Townsend has mesmerised for Spurs this season following an impressive loan spell with Queens Park Rangers at the back-end of last season, when he scored twice in 12 games for the Hoops. ------------------ goal.com