A hefty investment in the playing squad during the summer totalling almost £100m means that Spurs will once again be pushing hard for a place in the Barclays Premier League’s top four this season and Bruce knows away games don’t come much tougher than a trip to White Hart Lane.
“Spurs have invested very well over the summer and have become a major force,” said Bruce.
“For me, they are a really good bet to be knocking on the door of the top four and to be trying for Champions League football when you see what they’ve done and how they’ve strengthened.
“The one thing the manager can do there is rotate the players, although the word was ‘dropped’ in my day! I think the top teams realise that with the number of games they play, that 25-man squad is the key thing in terms of the quality. When you look at the squad of players Spurs have, they’re a big force.
“But, as we’ve shown against Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton, we’ve been in the game. We maybe haven’t taken anything from them, but we have competed and given those sides something to think about.”
Bruce will be looking for a similar approach against Spurs as the Tigers look to maintain their own position in the top half of the table.
“We’re only eight games in, but I can’t give anything but praise to the players because they have performed admirably,” added Bruce.
“It’s not easy for a Championship club to come up into the Premier League, as we’ve seen this week with Crystal Palace parting company with their manager.
“But we’re making a fist of it and I keep repeating myself when saying that. The players are working extremely hard and hopefully they can keep at it.