Everton midfielder Beni Baningime needs “rebuilding”, according to David Unsworth. Everton U23 manager Unsworth told The Liverpool Echo that Baningime is slowly getting back to his old performance levels.
Baningime has had a disappointing year or so, dropping out of the U23 team and having an unsuccessful loan spell at Wigan Athletic. Unsworth, who handed him his senior debut when he was the caretaker manager in 2017, believes he can get his career back on track.
The 21-year-old has not played since 2018 and he struggled to make an impact at Wigan, playing just one game. He has 12 Everton appearances under his belt in total and Unsworth thinks he can become a first-team player again.
After Baningime starred in yesterday’s win over Blackburn Rovers, Unsworth told The Liverpool Echo: “I think he’s getting back to the levels he was at. I don’t think he’s at the level just yet, it’s a work in progress. He had a disappointing season last year which happens sometimes. We have to rebuild him and we’re certainly rebuilding him.
“The good thing about Beni is the foundations are solid and he’s a great kid. He just needs game-time. He didn’t have a lot of that last year for whatever reason but that’s gone now.”
Baningime could be like a new signing if he fulfils his potential and can get back in the Everton team. With Andre Gomes picking up knocks and Jean-Philippe Gbamin out for a while, Marco Silva might need Baningime to provide some steel in the midfield.
But the Congolese midfielder is not close to a first-team promotion yet. He needs to prove his worth for the U23 team over a sustained period of time and get his career back on track. Unsworth believes in him so he has the support network he needs to resurrect his career at Goodison Park.