Baningime proud to make Latics debut as Josh Windass strike earns point at Rotherham United.
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Wigan Athletic’s on loan Everton midfielder Beni Baningime says he was delighted to make his Latics debut in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Rotherham United.
Baningime, who joined Latics on deadline day from the Toffees, replaced the ill Lee Evans in the starting XI and impressed on a physical afternoon for Paul Cook’s side.
Speaking post-match to iFollow Latics, Baningime said:
“It was a tough game but I am really glad to have finally played for Wigan Athletic; I have been looking forward to this moment.
“It was a real introduction for me but I think I needed that as a young player; all the lads were great with me, though, and young players need games like this as a learning curve.
“It was great faith from the manager because he maybe would have liked experienced players that have done well in the Championship, which I am not yet, so I’d like to thank him for that.”
Baningime was joined in the centre of midfielder by 19-year-old teammate Reece James and the Everton youngster waxed lyrical about the Chelsea loanee.
“Reece is a great player,” Baningime said. “He can play right back, centre mid, he doesn’t look out of place and, even though he is younger than me, he was taking care of me because he is so used to it and that was great.”
And Baningime is confident Latics can build on today’s draw with three consecutive home games to follow for Cook’s side, starting with Stoke City at the DW on Wednesday night.
“It was a great point, especially in these hard games away from home and now we are looking forward to Stoke,” he said.
“I was on the bench for the last game at home but the team played great football and I fancy us to do well at home.”