His outstanding performance at Newcastle at the weekend is not the first of his five so far, and Bruce knows it won't be the last.
Bruce said: "I just said to him we need somebody who can play the way you play. There comes a time in your career when you've got to be on that team-sheet playing week in, week out. Thankfully, he chose us ahead of Sunderland.
"He was just what we needed. And then I did a deal with Daniel Levy that I could only buy Tom if I could throw Jake Livermore into the equation.
"It was a great deal for us. He's a class act who can only get better by playing regularly.
"He's enjoying his football and we're playing through him, long may it continue."