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31 January 2019

Beni is a blue and raring to go after joining Latics on loan from Everton until the end of the season.

  • iFollow Latics - Beni Baningime joins on loan from Everton.
  • Baningime and his younger brother Divin both attended school in Wigan.
  • "Hard work and a good attitude is what you need all of the time." - Beni Baningime.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after completing his loan move to Wigan Athletic from Everton on transfer deadline day, Beni Baningime said he had always thought about a move to Latics, given that he grew up and still lives in the area with his younger brother, Divin, who is part of our unbeaten Under 18 team.

Beni began:

"I've heard a lot of good things about the club and my brother Divin has always wanted me to come here.

"I've always had thought about coming to Wigan Athletic and I'm really happy to be here.

"I know the area very well because me and Divin grew up here. The DW Stadium is about 10-15 minutes away from my house and I went to high school at St. John Fisher and primary school at St. Jude's, so the area is very familiar to me."

A familiar surname, but perhaps not a familiar player to Latics supporters, Baningime said on his style:

"I bring energy to the midfield and I work hard to win possession back. I like to be composed when I regain the ball and head forwards.

"My message to the fans is that I'm always going to give them my best and you'll never see me giving any less than that in training or during games.

"Hard work and a good attitude is what you need all the time. If you have the talent then that's going to help, but the first thing you need is the right attitude and that's how you do well as a team."

Beni joins a Latics squad with a familiar face in from his development at Everton, with Antonee Robinson recently returning to training following an ankle injury.

On Jedi, Baningime continued:

"I've spoken to Jedi (Antonee Robinson) quite a bit about Wigan and he was very positive about the way the team plays. When I was doing my medical and chatting to the staff they were telling me a lot of things I'd already heard about because Jedi has been keeping me updated. It feels good because I feel like through Divin and Jedi I already know a lot about the club.

"Jedi had his first training session this week, so it's perfect timing for us to get in the team together."

Baningime has featured in the Premier League, Europa League and Carabao Cup for Everton, experience he's hoping will have big benefits to his time in the Sky Bet Championship.

"Thinking about having played in the Premier League and Europa League, it's a bit like it was a dream. Even standing in the training ground at Wigan right now, I never dreamed about being in a situation where I'm having a medical and people are organising a move for me, but it's certainly a good experience.

"I really enjoyed playing in the Premier League and hopefully I can bring that experience here in the Championship.

"I had an ankle injury in pre-season which was disappointing given that I was involved quite a bit with Everton at the end of last season, but I'm much better now, I'm starting to feel more like I did last year and I'm feeling great."


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