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Beni Baningime

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

09/09/1998

Height

178 cm

Signed

31/01/2019

Country

Congo DR

Young midfielder signed on loan from Everton in January 2019.

Beni Baningime moved to Latics from Everton in January 2019, completing a loan move until the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

Baningime joins his younger brother Divin at the DW Stadium, with Divin a current under-18 midfielder, who has also featured in the development squad.

Beni was born in Kinshasa, DR Congo, and 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.

With the Toffees, he 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.

He played three times in the Checkatrade Trophy for Everton U23 in 2016-17, featuring against Bolton Wanderers, Cheltenham Town and Blackpool in the group stage and then featured in the same competition again against Notts County in 2017-18, before making his first team debut in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea on 25 October 2017.

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

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

Baningime 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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