It’s time for Chelsea to offload good players who don’t fit into Frank Lampard’s future plans for the good of the team and its players.

The best course of action for a team like Chelsea that has players who are surplus to team requirements is to sell or otherwise allow those players to move on.

Good players like Jorginho, Michy Batshuayi, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, if they are unhappy, should be allowed to leave at a reasonable price. It’s the right thing to do. No competitive player wants to be on the bench. All of the players noted are good players, maybe even top-class players who look to be surplus to future requirements. If so, they should be sold or added as makeweights in other deals to make Chelsea better and to allow these players to try to attain their own professional and personal goals.

When good players are left to sit on the bench for any club, the result can neither be positive nor productive. If players like Jorginho, Emerson and others maintain a solid demeanor while languishing on the bench, they exhibit the highest form of professionalism and support for their teammates and club. Another player who exhibited the same is the outstanding Olivier Giroud. Giroud was a true professional who stayed strong for the club when he was seeing little playing time for Chelsea earlier in the season.

Even when injured, Tammy Abraham continued to get the nod by gaffer Frank Lampard. Giroud should clearly have been playing. Giroud was the de facto Europa League Player of the Season last year, though Eden Hazard inexplicably received the award. And while he had bad luck in the goal-scoring department earlier this season, he remained a positive force for the club whenever he stepped onto the pitch. Both right before and since the restart, he has emerged as a vital cog in the team’s attack, winning games with goals. His being on the bench earlier in the season was costly.

Such devotion as this should not be met with inaction. When the time arises when a player is no longer in the club’s plans—don’t send them an email or a note on social media—show support for the player that wants to leave, as they are doing the same through being professional. Chelsea should also oblige them and they should be allowed to move on, as long as it’s mutually beneficial.

There are other players who could also be sold or added as makeweights in a deal to acquire another player. Those who come to mind are Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater, Baba Rahman, possibly even Kepa Arrizabalaga and Andreas Christensen.

If they want to leave and are surplus to the requirements of Chelsea, then let them go and take the profits of those sales to invest in players the manager would like to see in the team. No question, it’s what’s best for all parties involved.

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