What a difference a week can make in football.

This time last Sunday Tottenham were in crisis following defeat to West Ham, with some questioning whether Jose Mourinho's time at the club may be numbered.

Fast-forward seven days and two successive 4-0 victories mean the picture suddenly looks a whole lot prettier in North London.

And this sudden transformation is thanks in no small part to Gareth Bale.

Just when we were beginning to wonder whether we would ever see the Welsh wizard back to his best, he has seemingly exploded into life.

The signs were there after two goals and two assists in his last three appearances.

Gareth Bale looked back to his very best against Burnley
Gareth Bale looked back to his very best against Burnley

But it was the clash against Burnley which felt like the true defining moment in which it can be officially confirmed: Gareth Bale is back.

The 31-year-old was handed a rare Premier League start by Mourinho - and rewarded him by producing almost the perfect game before being withdrawn in the 70th minute.

Bale opening the scoring with a poacher's finish after just two minutes before setting up Harry Kane with a wonderful long ball and then adding another superb bending strike after half-time in a scintillating display.

Spurs fans were finally able to see the fabled Son-Kane-Bale trident in all its glory, and it was at long last everything they had dreamed of and more.

And if it can continue in that vein, there may well be promising times ahead for the Lilywhites.

Tottenham's attackers linked up to devastating effect
Tottenham's attackers linked up to devastating effect

Mourinho's Spurs are a truly baffling outfit.

They seem to lurch between being one of the best teams in the league to being one of the most uninspiring, with very little in between.

But after a woeful run of form they seem to be hitting their stride again at just the right time - and could yet have a very satisfactory season indeed.

Coming up they face three London derbies in a row in the Premier League in Fulham, Crystal Palace and Arsenal, and wins in all three could well see them get back in the race for the top four.

Sandwiched in between the North London derby are the two legs of a very winnable Europa League last-16 tie against Dinamo Zagreb, and there is also the small matter of a Carabao Cup final against Manchester City to come in April.

Jose Mourinho and his Spurs side could yet have a successful season
Jose Mourinho and his Spurs side could yet have a successful season

Mourinho appears to have finally managed to unlock the potential in Bale, and even Dele Alli has looked more like himself in recent weeks.

And if he can bring out the best of those two going forward, the recent turmoil will seem like nothing but a distant memory.

After the darkness, there is light at the end of the tunnel for Spurs.