Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has revealed he is looking to make several signings this summer.
The Black Cats ultimately finished 10th in the 2010/11 Premier League table, eight points above the relegation zone.
But they struggled badly for form during the latter half of the campaign, and Bruce has now intimated at an overhaul during the transfer window.
"When I first came in, I signed (Darren) Bent, (Fraizer) Campbell, (Lorik) Cana and (Lee) Cattermole and (Titus) Bramble, (Michael) Turner, and (John) Mensah on loan," he told the The Journal. "We need another influx like we had then.
"I don't think people realise we had five loan players (in the season just gone). That is because the owner in previous years has spent a lot of money.
"There is nothing wrong with a loan player and (Nedum) Onuoha, (Danny) Welbeck and Elmo (Ahmed Elmohamady) all played huge parts in the season.
"We could look at that again. There's nothing wrong with that - but we had five out of 24. It shows you how light we were."
Bruce also played down reports that Asamoah Gyan could leave the club, with Tottenham rumoured suitors for the striker.
Ghana international Gyan joined Sunderland from Rennes for £13million last summer and scored 10 league goals during his debut Premier League term.
"I have had no inquiries for Gyan," Bruce said. "I've seen bits of speculation but that does not worry me at all.
"He will be better in the second year because he will be used to it more. What we need is competition for him. That is where we will try to start."