The Frenchman has made just two starts in five Premier League matches this season but Hughes still plans to put his strike abilities to full use.
“He started the first two games and then I changed things around with different formations and different challenges,” Hughes told reporters.
“I just felt Bobby (Zamora) and Andy (Johnson) would help us in those games. So he’s gone out of the team.
“We know exactly what Djibril gives us. He’s an outstanding finisher. As a team, we’re strong and compact and we have enough quality about us to be able to release Djibril at the right time to show what he can do.
“As I said, we haven’t quite got the solidarity in terms of performance to do that yet. But even if Djibril isn’t in the team, he’s a great impact sub to be able to bring on and change games.
“The different type of forwards I’ve got is a comfort to me. It allows me to make changes to personnel and playing different opposition, we can pose different threats to whoever we’re playing against. He’s very much in my thoughts.”