The Canaries shattered their transfer record when they paid £8.5m to bring in the Dutchman from Sporting Lisbon in the summer transfer window but he has scored just once, on the opening day of the season.
Van Wolfswinkel has been hampered by injury in his time at Carrow Road and missed two good goalscoring opportunities in the 2-0 win over Sunderland last weekend, which Hughton is taking as a source of encouragement.
"What you always want with a new player of course is for them to come in and hit the ground running, and some do," he said.
"Others take a bit longer, or just need that little bit of fortune. You can have a player who has a difficult year one season and then the next time, everything is going right.
"Certainly with Ricky's situation, the fact he was out for three months with the injury did not help him with regards to coming from another league, and settling himself in this division.
"It is about confidence, and perhaps a real confident Ricky possibly would put those chances away last week.
"But first and foremost we want a work ethic from him by getting into those positions and making the runs, and he does continually do that."
The key attribute for Van Wolfswinkel, as far as Hughton is concerned, is confidence and the manager confirmed he will remain in his thoughts for as long as he maintains his work rate.
"Ricky is a confident character, and what you don't see is him shying away from any situation, as long as he does that, he will be fine," Hughton said. "(However), the moment I felt he was shying away from things, he would not be in consideration, but that has never been the case with Ricky.
"There is nobody who wants to score goals and do well as he does. He just has to continue to work hard and hopefully that bit of fortune will start to turn in his favour and he can push on from there.
"Certainly there is more to come from Ricky, yes."
Saturday's fixture list sees Norwich travel to Swansea City, whose forward line will be led by a player who was also on the Canaries' radar over the summer.
Wilfred Bony joined the Swans from Vitesse Arnhem for £12m and has gone on to score 20 goals in 41 appearances in an excellent maiden campaign in English football.
"Bony is someone we were aware of and he has adjusted very well to this division," said Hughton.
"He ended up going to Swansea for a quite a large fee and at this particularly moment he is doing all he can to justify that figure.
"We were aware of the finances around that deal, as we were (with) lots of other players.
"When you have a scouting network and in particular a European scouting network, you would be surprised if we were not aware of the players doing well abroad."
Norwich are without an away Premier League victory on the road since beating West Brom in early December.
Hughton accepts that must change quickly to avoid heaping too much pressure on the remaining three fixtures in Norfolk.
"It is one we have to address," he said.
"You look at the better days on the road and Stoke and West Brom are the levels we need to get closer to.
"We need to start doing ourselves a favour to relieve some of that pressure on the home games."