Crystal Palace signed Connor Wickham from Sunderland during the summer transfer window.
Wickham, who joined Palace from Sunderland in the summer transfer window, has made a slow start to his career at Selhurst Park, and he is still looking for his first goal for the London club.
The 22-year-old’s time with the Eagles so far has been blighted with injury, and, as a result, he hasn’t been fully up to speed when on the field.
Pardew told the Daily Mirror: “Connor is a work in progress. He needs to add goals to his game but he hasn’t had too many opportunities.
“This year was a big year for him to get his feet under the table and if he really is going to become what I hope he will become, then next year could be the one.”
Wickham looked off the pace in many of his initial appearances for Palace, but he showed signs of promise in his latest outing.
The powerful forward caused Newcastle's defence no end of problems in Palace’s 5-1 win last weekend, and he will be looking to build on that display.
Palace have been looking for a potent front-man all season, and there is a hope that Wickham will be able to fill that void if given a run of games.
Palace’s next match comes against Everton on Monday evening, and if Pardew’s men could pick up a victory it would strengthen their position in the upper echelons of the Premier League table.