"I've told him he's a left-back today," Pardew told The Chronicle. "But Gareth Bale was a left-back one day and now he's worth £86million.
"So come on, if he starts bursting forward and gets some goals...
"Everybody loves him, and he's a proper local boy that's come through the system.
"Not only that he's really carrying the flag in terms of pushing for the first team.
"It all goes hand in hand, and we might have to see the very best of Davide to stay in the team."