Locadia broke the deadlock for Albion after just 15 minutes on his debut for the club, and although Hughton was pleased to see him hit the ground running, he commented on the striker's all-round performance.
Hughton said, “It's always good to get that first goal as quickly as you can, but his [overall] contribution was more important.
“He hasn't played for the best part of a couple of months now, and we didn't want to take any chances in that last period.
“We're still learning about him - because what you can do is watch a player as much as possible, but you don't really know a player until you get him through the front door and work with him.
“He's quite flexible in the areas and positions that he's played. He's used to playing up top and has played in a 4-3-3 - and as you saw at times, he drifted out onto the left-hand side."