Four of Saints’ five summer signings featured on Sunday’s Premier League opener, with Angus Gunn - signed from Manchester City - warming the bench as Alex McCarthy’s understudy goalkeeper.
Now with some competitive minutes under those four signings’ belts, Hughes is happy with what he saw against Burnley, singling out Jannik Vestergaard, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Danny Ings for praise in particular. Poor Stuart Armstrong.
“It was important for them to get real competitive action and Burnley will test you in ways that other teams won’t so I think it was a good outing for Jannik who stood up to the challenge so I was pleased with him,” Hughes told the official Southampton site.
“I thought Moi [Elyounoussi] and Danny obviously have shown what they bring to the party. Danny has the ability and the cleverness to find pockets of space and will work off the front but then he also understands when to offload and get in the box to get on the end of things.
“With Moi’s technical ability, his willingness to get at people ensures that we have a good mix and a different element of threat to maybe that we’ve had in the past.
“I gave him [Ings] 30 minutes which was a little bit more than I had intended but I wanted to get some energy into the team.
“I thought when he came on he was excellent from start to finish. He’s a little bit behind so I was a bit cautious about him starting the game but he looked in great shape.
“Straight away he got on the ball, drew people, turned and then released our guys in good areas with space to run at the opposition. I’m pleased as we saw a glimpse of what he is going to bring.”