Hughes said: "It is still early in the season and I think it is a case of a number of players still finding their feet after a summer of hard work and preparations for the coming campaign.
"Some players will hit the ground running and others will need games. Everybody knows the ability Benni has and his goalscoring form will come back - everybody knows that.
"It's still early. I think Benni will come to the fore as he did last year. He is an exceptionally talented player and his quality is bound to come through."