On the 24-year-old's future, with a loan move still being mooted, Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: "At times Gabby has come in for a bit of stick here.
"His pace is still a real asset to us - especially when we take the lead. He can come off the bench and stretch teams.
"He came off the bench against Leeds and could have had a couple of goals."
He added on a player who looks likely to stay put until at least January: "Gabby's desperate to do well here.
"We have more options now. I have to be able to make changes."