Cattermole has impressed for the Latics this season with a string of gutsy displays in the heart of midfield since his summer switch from Middlesbrough.
Bruce has been delighted with the England Under 21 international's form and is hopeful he will continue to develop as a player.
Fierce competitor"He's only 20 and has got years ahead of him. He gives us real energy and he's a fierce competitor," said Bruce in the Daily Star.
"You'd think at his age he might run out of gas, but he has just got stronger as the season has progressed. He's a powerful boy.
"As long as he keeps his feet on the ground, keeps learning and progressing, he has an outstanding chance of doing exactly what he wants to do.
"Whether he can make the step up to the England senior side. I think he will."