Yet after four successive wins in all competitions, the feel-good factor is returning to Tyneside - particularly considering that three of those wins have come against Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool.
The likes of Ayoze Perez and Rolando Aarons continue to emerge, whilst even Sammy Ameobi is becoming a valuable weapon for the Magpies.
Despite that, Pardew must do what he couldn't do in the 2014 January transfer window - strengthen his squad. With the transfer market set to resume in the New Year, Newcastle can't afford a repeat of last January, where they sold star man Yohan Cabaye and only signed shot-shy striker Luuk de Jong.
Pardew could certainly look in a number of different directions for reinforcements, but improving his options out wide could be a priority.
Gabriel Obertan has been ruled out for up to five months after suffering an injury against Liverpool, whilst Jonas Gutierrez is continuing his rehabilitation from testicular cancer.
That leaves Pardew with the inconsistent Remy Cabella, the out of form Yoann Gouffran and promising yet inexperienced duo of Aarons and Ameobi.
A loan deal may work out, but if the right player is there to be purchased, Pardew should certainly look at that option - and one player who could fit into both categories is Arsenal's Joel Campbell.
The 22-year-old has spent the last three years out on loan at Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiacos, but after starring in Costa Rica's run to the World Cup quarter-finals, he returned to the Emirates Stadium, looking to make his first appearance for the Gunners.
That has arrived, but with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski vying for roles out wide, it's little surprise that Campbell has played just 37 minutes in the Premier League.
With pace and an eye for goal, Campbell has attributes that would make him a dangerous player for Newcastle, whilst he'll also be desperate to show what he can do after a frustrating start to the season.
A January exit for Campbell looks almost inevitable, and whether that's permanent or temporary remains to be seen - but Newcastle should be monitoring his situation with intent - particularly given his exploits as a centre forward for Costa Rica at the World Cup.