The Magpies boss will head into the Capital One Cup second-round tie against League Two Morecambe with events off the pitch once again dominating the headlines on Tyneside as key midfielder Yohan Cabaye's situation reaches crunch-point with his current manager already desperate for reinforcements.
Arsenal target Cabaye will not figure at the Globe Arena, and neither will the club's only senior signing to date, Loic Remy, who could make the first appearance of his loan spell in Saturday's Barclays Premier League fixture against Fulham.
In the meantime, Pardew is likely to use the depth of his squad against Morecambe, and that could mean opportunities for his understudies to make an impression - something they largely failed to do last season.
Pardew said: "I actually want to see a few performances tomorrow that warrant the transfer fees that we paid for some of these players.
"I am on the sideline here and some of these players cost £2.5million, £3million - justify it.
"You look at Chelsea and all the other Premier League teams in this competition, they will give their squads some games.
"They have got to come to the fore. I need to see that.
"There will be a few players who get an opportunity and they need to show me that they should be at this football club. I will be looking to them to really push for their position in the squad."
Newcastle have fared poorly in the domestic cup competitions during Pardew's reign to date, bowing out of the FA Cup to Stevenage in 2011 and Brighton in each of the last two campaigns, while they were beaten by an under-strength Manchester United in the third round of last season's League Cup.
The 52-year-old admitted: "It's a disappointment on my CV at this football club and I want to put it right.
"You know the opposition are going to raise their game - I have been in that position as well, the giant-killing position, and it's a no-lose situation for them.
"It's a fantastic situation to be in, so they can let their hair down and have a real go at us, and we have got to be able to cope with that and hopefully bring a bit more quality to the pitch if we can.
"But I'm looking forward to it. I enjoy these cup games."
Pardew's immediate focus will be on Morecambe and then Saturday's showdown with Martin Jol's men, but he will hope Cabaye's situation is resolved one way or the other, and that director of football Joe Kinnear can finally deliver the signings he craves.
He said: "I think our issues are very much open this year. We have not hidden from them, they are there. We need to get one or two players in, we know that.
"We need to resolve the Cabaye situation and we need to win a game and hopefully in the next eight days, most of those will be resolved."