Cabella, a £12m arrival from Montpellier over the summer, caught the eye on his debut in Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.
Pardew thinks that the skilful France international will be a hit with the supporters, but believes that it will take the 24-year-old a while before he is up to speed.
He told the Chronicle: "He has a lovely balance, he can show you the ball then take it away from you in an instant. They are special players and the players Newcastle love.
"For us, this year, he will take some bedding in and getting used to things. There will be games which will bypass him. We will be patient with him and his quality will come through.
"He is only a young player. Getting used to the Premier League is not easy. He coped quite well with the physical aspects of it because in his first two games that looked like it might be a problem."
Newcastle travel to Aston Villa on Saturday.