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Tottenham fans have been hit with a slight reality check following the return of prodigal son Gareth Bale, who is yet to hit the ground running under Jose Mourinho.

It's been just over two months since the Welshman returned to the club he left for seven years ago, with supporters hoping to see a repeat of his heroics from his last season at White Hart Lane.

And while Bale brought the feel-good factor and a lot of promise back to a club that was very much in need of it, there is now the desire to see the forward start delivering on a more regular basis.

Gareth Bale has endured a fairly subdued start to life back at Tottenham this season

Gareth Bale has endured a fairly subdued start to life back at Tottenham this season

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He was greeted by a royal fanfare when he and Sergio Reguilon arrived at the club's training ground after they completed their respective moves from in September, but it would be three more weeks until fans got to see him in action due to an injury he picked up while on international duty. 

Supporters were robbed of the chance to welcome him home in person when he came on to make his second debut in the spectacular 3-3 draw against West Ham, which saw him squander an opportunity to surely wrap up all three points before Manuel Lanzini's stunning equaliser in the dying moments.

Since then, Mourinho has cautiously integrated Bale back into the team by offering him minutes in all four of the club's Europa League group stage games, where he has averaged an hour's worth of football in each of those matches.

The 31-year-old's second debut for Spurs came in the spectacular 3-3 draw against West Ham

The 31-year-old's second debut for Spurs came in the spectacular 3-3 draw against West Ham

Bale had the opportunity to make it 4-2 and put the game to bed before Lanzini's equaliser

Bale had the opportunity to make it 4-2 and put the game to bed before Lanzini's equaliser

However, while the Welshman has shown glimpses of quality, there's an underlying feeling that more is expected from him especially when you consider the wages that are being paid for him and the quality of opponent he is currently facing in Europe.

In his seven games for Spurs this season, Bale is yet to complete a full 90 minutes and he continues to be used sparingly in the league.

Bale did manage to win all three points for Spurs in their game against Brighton earlier this month after he headed in a late winner, but that has been his only goal contribution thus far.

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Questions were raised when he failed to feature in either of Spurs' biggest games this season, after he was left on the bench for their impressive win over Manchester City, and more recently the goalless stalemate with Chelsea on Sunday.

Bale did get his first goal for Spurs since making his return as he scored against Brighton

Bale did get his first goal for Spurs since making his return as he scored against Brighton

The Welshman headed in Spurs' second against the Seagulls to win all three points

The Welshman headed in Spurs' second against the Seagulls to win all three points

It has been Bale's best, and only real, contribution yet in the seven games he's played so far

It has been Bale's best, and only real, contribution yet in the seven games he's played so far

It did appear that Mourinho was ready to chuck Bale on against City but an injury to Toby Alderweireld saw the Spurs boss quickly change his plans and turn to Joe

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