Hughes reckons he can get the best out of the wide man and revealed he has an ace up his sleeve in his bid to revitalize the ex-Liverpool star.
Sparky said: "I think I can take him on. One of my backroom staff, Eddie Niedzwiecki, worked with him at Arsenal so he knows him well. There's a personal relationship there that we can build on and revisit.
"He'll enjoy the day-to-day work we do as well, it's very player orientated. So the type of work we do on a daily basis will encourage him, I'm sure.
"I needed to sit down with Jermaine and just talk to him one-to-one. I sense that he still has more to give Stoke City and that he's really motivated to kick on."