Alan Pardew is confident his team is strong enough despite missing out on the attacking player he wanted during the summer transfer window.
The 52-year-old spent the final few days of August hoping against hope that director of football Joe Kinnear would land one of his major targets, but he was ultimately left disappointed.
A statement issued on Pardew's behalf the day after the window closed spoke of his delight at the acquisition of loan signing Loic Remy and his optimism for the season, and he was maintaining a similar theme at his first press conference since on Thursday afternoon.
He said: "It's important sometimes to understand that we have a very good team. We invested 30-odd million in the last window, we have brought Remy in.
"We have brought a lot of young players here who I think, will hopefully, blossom. That's why they were brought here. The likes of Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett, part of my management is to develop players.
"Having said that, our fans wanted a marquee signing, probably, and that's what we were looking at, somebody that would really threaten the first team.
"But we couldn't get it over the line in terms of what we wanted and unfortunately that's the position we are in.
"But having said all of that, I still think we have got a very, very strong side."