Scott Hogan has admitted to Aston Villa’s official website that his start at the Midlands club has not gone according to plan.
Hogan was Villa’s most expensive addition of the summer transfer window, as Bruce looked for a new striker to lead the line.
However, Hogan’s start at Villa has been slower than originally hoped - due to injury.
The 24-year-old made just four appearances for the claret and blues, before picking up an ankle injury against Newcastle United last month.
Hogan was sidelined for five matches, but he made his comeback in Villa’s last outing against Wigan Athletic.
Hogan came off the substitutes’ bench and got on the scoresheet, as Villa picked up a 2-0 victory over Wigan.
And Hogan admits that his start at Villa has been far more difficult than he had hoped.
The striker said: “I have come to a big club and I have had to find my feet a little bit.
“January was stop-start for me and I wanted to string a run of games together.
“The injury certainly hasn’t helped. But that’s football. All you can keep doing is trying your best.
“It’s been a slow start for me. I won’t lie. I expected better of myself from the first few games. But it is what it is.
“Now I have come back into a team that is winning and is full of confidence. The boys are buzzing. That’s made it easy for me.”
Villa have now won five of their last six matches, with Bruce’s side finally giving their supporters some reason to be encouraged.
Villa are now in 12th place in the Championship table, and are next in action in two weeks’ time, when they take on Norwich City.