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10 FACTS: BENI BANINGIME

31 January 2019

Get to know our latest signing Beni Baningime following confirmation of his loan move to Latics from Everton.

  • Beni Baningime Fact File.
  • 20-year-old midfielder arrived on loan from Everton on transfer deadline day.
  • 10 facts about our new recruit with a familiar surname!

1. Born in Kinshasa, DR Congo, Beni joined Everton's academy as a nine-year-old and grew up in Wigan, attending primary school and secondary school in the borough at St. Jude's and St. John Fisher.

2. The 20-year-old midfielder's brother, Divin, has scored six goals for Latics' Under 18s so far this season.

3. A graduate of Everton's academy, Beni won the Premier League Two title for the Toffees' Under 18s, the Dallas Cup and the Reserve/Academy Player of the Year for 2016/17, as well as the Keith Tamlin Award for Excellence for his attitude and application.

4. Beni played three times in the Checkatrade Trophy for Everton in 2016-17, featuring against Bolton Wanderers, Cheltenham Town and Blackpool in the group stage.

5. Baningime featured in the Checkatrade Trophy again against Notts County in 2017-18, before making his first team debut in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea on 25 October 2017.

6. Beni made his Premier League debut four days later as a half time substitute in a 2-0 defeat away at Leicester City.

7. Baningime featured in the Europa League in his next outing against French side Lyon at the start of November 2017, a competition in which he also played against Italian club Atalanta and Cypriot side Apollon Limassol.

8. The midfielder's first Premier League start came in a 3-2 victory against Watford on 5 November 2017.

Beni Baningime v Watford
Beni Baningime in Premier League action against Watford.

9. Baningime made six more Premier League appearances in 2017-18, including against West Ham United, Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion, Manchester City, Swansea City and in the Merseyside Derby at home to Liverpool.

10. Beni has featured alongside some familiar names during his time developing at Everton, including former Latics men Tyias Browning, Conor McAleny, Luke Garbutt, Leighton Baines, James McCarthy, Jonjoe Kenny, Joel Robles and current Latics midfielder Darron Gibson and left back Antonee Robinson.


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