But do any of the fringe players deserve a second chance at the Stadium of Light and a run in the side?
Which of these fringe players would you keep at Sunderland AFC?Allardyce was able to free up much-needed wages during the course of the season when he offloaded several players deemed surplus to requirements.
But while Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham are both out of contract, and Sebastian Coates has already agreed another season-long loan at Sporting Lisbon, there are several unwanted players due to return.
Santiago Vergini, Jordi Gomez, Charis Mavrias, Adam Matthews, Will Buckley and Liam Bridcutt, plus Euro 2016-bound Emmanuele Giaccherini, are due back, with none thought to have a future at the club.
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Collectively, they are on a hefty wage total, which Allardyce will need to reduce again for Sunderland to make all the necessary additions.