Alan Pardew may be concentrating on the current summer, but the Newcastle manager has called on his signings from the start of the season to step up and show they are worth his faith as the side look to build on their success.

The Toon were favoured for relegation at the beginning of the season, after losing big names, failing to purchase a striker to replace £35 million man Andy Carroll and buying a group of players that were unheard of.

But as the season came to an end, Newcastle shocked the footballing world by finishing convincingly ahead of big spenders Liverpool and Chelsea, and pushing until the last game for a Champions League spot.

And Pardew believes that now is the time for summer signings Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan to show that they're as good, and if not better, than the other signings of last transfer window and this one.

He told the Chronicle: "This is going to be a different year, you have to remember that.

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew is planning on getting the best out of all of his signings.

"Different players will come in and out of form - it won't just be about those who done well last year. I'm expecting Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux to be back and raring to go.

"They are two players that can have big seasons for us next year."

Pardew also argued that Danny Simpson could still an integral part of the Newcastle squad next season, despite turning down a new contract with a year left on his deal.

"He's got a year left on his deal," Pardew explained. "He turned down a new contract and that's where we are.

"Danny could play the whole season next year. We'll have to see."

Newcastle will be a team to keep a close eye on next season, with the side hoping to back up the success that kept them up with teams who spent a great deal more on building up their squad last summer.