The City boss cannot wait for his Argentine striker to start firing on all cylinders.
The Argentine bagged his first goal in the Citizens' League Cup win against Crystal Palace and Hughes feels there are plenty more to come.
“In the games that Carlos has played a part in, he's shown great qualities. They will get better as he gets more used to the players around him and vice versa,” he told the Manchester Evening News.
"We knew what we were getting when we bought Carlos. We were getting a world-class striker - a striker who will score goals. He's started to do that."
The City boss also admitted that, having missed large chunks of pre-season, he will improve quickly as he gets more playing time.
"He will get better, without a shadow of a doubt, because he is a great player,” explained the Welshman.
"Once he gets games under his belt, he's going to be exceptional for us.
"It's pleasing, given that he missed such a huge amount of pre-season, that he's able to produce what he has already.”
Yet Hughes also warned that Tevez could not be guaranteed his place in the side and with Emmanuel Adebayor, Robinho, Craig Bellamy and Roque Santa Cruz all on the books, he was still searching for the right balance up front.
"Obviously, we're hoping to get Roque Santa Cruz involved within the next two weeks. That would give me further options,” he added.
"It's all about making sure we have the right team for the right opposition.
"The flexibility that we have in the attacking third is great.
"It's about making sure all the quality players I have in the final third can interact and complement each other."
Gill Clark, Goal.com
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