Having not made a permanent signing in either of the last two windows the manager is well aware of the need to bulk up a squad which has struggled for both quality and numbers.
Pardew said: “I think greater depth is an area I’ve touched on with the creative influence of Yohan Cabaye, where we perhaps didn’t have a creative influence in the midfield area of his type.
“I think that’s a fair point, and that’s something we have to be clever with because the money is the money.
“Sometimes you invest in that top player and you haven’t enough for the squad.
“So maybe we need to spread it a little bit without taking away the quality of that first XI because we still need to improve that first XI.”
Talking up the prospects of the club’s academy but insisting supporters may have to play the long game before seeing it on the field, Pardew also made his intentions clear around adding to the senior squad.
He added: “When you start talking about what’s underneath, that is an assumption of ‘oh, we’re not going to sign players’ but that’s just not the case.
“I want to make that point strongly.
“We have investment in the summer we can make and we’re going to make that investment.
“Yet the truth of it is – and I don’t think it’s for next year actually but in two years or three years’ time – we definitely have six or seven kids here who are going to make an impact.
“It won’t be for next year, let’s make that clear.”