His selection is a tough call for Hughes, with the merits of playing Martin Petrov on the left and Bellamy up front alongside Emmanuel Adebayor gaining a swell of support inside the dressing-room.
Hughes said: "When he was younger Craig saw himself as an out-and-out striker.
"But his ability to work in different positions is great for me because I can move him around and he still has an impact.
"You can play him off a big man, just off the front, on either side and he'll still have an impact on the game. I like him on that left-hand side, because he naturally migrates over there even when up front in a pair. He likes to attack from over there, so the difference with playing there or up front is not too great."