"He's done really well", Hughes said after his side suffered a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.
"I have to say that, since he's been here, whenever he's gone up against quality, he's acquitted himself really well more often than not.
"He's a great guy around the place and he's beyond his years. He's only 24 years of age, but has an old head on his shoulders.
"He wants to do well in the Premier League and we want that to be with us if we can."
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