The Magpies spent much of the seven months between Andy Carroll's January departure for Liverpool and the final day of the latest transfer window trying to identify and sign a replacement.
However, despite landing former West Ham forward Demba Ba, their hopes of adding another experienced goalscorer to the squad faded and died as the likes of Kevin Gameiro, Gervinho, Mevlut Erding, Modibo Maiga and Brian Ruiz were courted, but ultimately unsuccessfully.
In the meantime, Newcastle have enjoyed a hugely encouraging start to the season, and eased themselves into sixth place in the Barclays Premier League table before the break for international matches, courtesy of a double from forgotten man Best in a 2-1 win over Fulham.
The 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international's spell on Tyneside has been ravaged by injury, but his 10 top-flight starts to date have yielded an impressive eight goals.
Pardew said: "He's 24, Leon Best, and in his last game, he scored two goals in the Premier League. That's very, very difficult against a good, defensive, tight side.
"His record for me is very, very good and I hope that continues."
Best, a £1.2million signing from Coventry in February 2010, is one of a pool of strikers who will now have to bear the burden of scoring the goals which have been taken out of the team by the club's recent transfer activity.
Carroll had scored 11 last season by the time he headed for Anfield, while skipper Kevin Nolan, who left for West Ham during the summer, finished the campaign as the leading marksman on 12.
However, Pardew is confident that the likes of Best, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and Ba can profit from the addition of midfielders Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and the returning Hatem Ben Arfa to pick up the slack.
He said: "We are going into the unknown to a certain degree because a lot of the goals we created and scored last year are not in this team.
"But we have got a lot of new talent and that new talent is exciting and [those players] have shown that in games.
"We are going to be leaning on them to make us look a little bit different and to create a different type of goal."
Newcastle's early-season form will be put to the test on Monday evening when they head to promoted QPR and a swift reunion with Joey Barton.
The game will come too early for Ben Arfa, who has been out of action since suffering ankle ligament damage during the club's ill-fated pre-season tour of the United States.
However, Pardew was pleasantly surprised by the physical condition in which he returned to training earlier this week and is hoping he can play some part in the Carling Cup third round tie at Nottingham Forest on September 20.
He said: "Hatem's progress has been better than we thought - he's certainly ahead of schedule.
"When he came back this week, we were not expecting him to be in perhaps as good a condition as he is in.
"I have earmarked the Forest game as maybe an opportunity for him to play a part in that game.
"We will have to see how he goes, but so far, his injury looks really good and his fitness looks good too."