Ahead of yesterday's victory, Hughes said: "I knew he could play as a striker. I got him from Hertha Berlin for about £400,000 - he wanted to leave because he was on the bench. They would put him on up front whenever they were chasing the game.
"He's certainly got knowledge of that role, but his best position is as a centre-back, and he was outstanding there in my time at Blackburn.
"He is very good with his feet for such a big guy, and as we have seen in recent weeks, he will throw his head at it. He is quick enough as well - he is a good player."