But Pardew insists it is too early for Wickham to be touted for an international call-up.
The manager said: “Connor needs to secure a first-team position here, nail it down, get 15 goals under his belt soon in one of these seasons.
“Then you have to look at him because the size of him, his pace for a big man, the technical quality – look at his goals.
“The reason I always say that he will score goals is that I see him on the training ground and his technique is sound: Left foot, right foot, his heading. Its good. He just needs to bring it all together.”