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Everton should throw Beni Baningime into a homegrown midfield trio v Liverpool

The 19-year-old deserves a chance ahead of Morgan Schneiderlin in the Merseyside derby.

Mathew Nash



Everton take on Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby this weekend and Sam Allardyce needs to improve on the woeful result and performance against Manchester City at the weekend.

Much of the blame for that defeat has to be laid at the door of Allardyce.

Big Sam decided to play two immobile midfielders in Morgan Schneiderlin and Wayne Rooney against the City juggernaut. Everton were duly outrun and beaten 3-1 at Goodison Park.

This weekend he must change the starting XI or risk Liverpool tearing them apart.

With that in mind, should Everton give a second Premier League start to midfielder Beni Baningime.

The 19-year-old midfielder made a surprise breakthrough into the Everton team under his under-23 boss David Unsworth during the caretaker reign.

He has, however, not started a Premier League game since the November clash with Watford.

He impressed Everton fans with his energetic performances and, whilst born in DR Congo, the teenager is still a local lad.

With Idrissa Gana Gueye out of action, Everton cannot make the mistake of pairing both Rooney and Schneiderlin once again.

Tom Davies also has a chance of playing in the game but it is not inconceivable that Allardyce could over-correct from the weekend and play three central midfielders.

Davies, Rooney and Baningime would be the perfect option. The latter would be the shock inclusion of the trio, all of whom came through the ranks at Goodison Park.

That would be an inspiring piece of selection from Allardyce and Baningime is a perfect option to add some energy to what was a languid midfield display against City.

Baningime has not yet played 90 minutes for the first-team and his displays have received mixed reviews from fans.

But Everton would certainly prefer to see him in the starting XI instead of Schneiderlin, whose last good game for the club is a distant memory.

Allardyce would win over some fans by giving Baningime a chance in the Merseyside derby.

It might backfire, but at least it would show a reaction to the woeful showing against City and be a sign that Everton can build for the future.


Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

Mathew Nash



Lookman fight

Everton are still fighting to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this month. Ot has been reported that a new big money bid has been made for the England youngster from German side RB Leipzig.

The Toffees talent thrived on loan in the Bundesliga last season and is therefore on the radar again.

However, according to The Times, Everton remain determined to keep him.

Marco Silva sees him as a hot prospect and is also aware that Yannick Bolasie is likely to leave before the end of the month.

BERGAMO, ITALY – APRIL 29: (L-R) Miguel Veloso of Genua, Bryan Cristante of Atalanta during the Italian Serie A match between Atalanta Bergamo v Genoa at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d Italia on April 29, 2018 in Bergamo Italy (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Veloso wanted

Everton are reportedly looking at the potential signature of Miguel Veloso. The Portugal international is a free agent having left Genoa this summer.

According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are said to be interested in signing him, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 56-cap midfielder would add excellent strength in depth to the midfield at Goodison Park.

Richarlison disappointment

Richarlison has admitted he is disappointed not to have received a call-up to the latest Brazil squad.

The Everton newbie has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Goodison Park and was being tipped to receive a call-up.

However, the 23-year-old has been left out of Tite’s squad for upcoming games with the USA and El Salvador.

Richarlison admitted to UOL Esporte that he was looking forward to a call-up and was disappointed it never came.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?

The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.



Erik Lamela
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Erik Lamela impressed as Tottenham recorded a 2-1 victory over London rivals Fulham on Saturday.

The Argentine international hasn’t quite lived up to the reputation that accompanied his £25.7 million price when he moved from Roma in August 2013.

While he has threatened to show his true potential at times, he has never been able to achieve the level of consistency that warrants a regular starting spot for Spurs.

Nonetheless, fans were treated to the Argentine at his very best when he broke from his own half, dribbling past the entire Fulham midfield, before laying off the ball to Harry Kane for his goal at the weekend.

(Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images)

He complemented this moment with a confident cameo display from the bench, in which he threatened the opponents’ goal on two occasions, while fulfilling his role defensively, breaking up several Fulham counter-attacks.

Despite not getting as many minutes as he would have liked, Lamela was hugely influential in turning the course of the tie for the Lilywhites, and this could see him rewarded with his first start of the campaign in the not too distant future.

Having a fit and firing Erik Lamela gives Pochettino another excellent option for rotation in attack. After his cameo at Wembley, there is a feeling that the 26-year-old is well prepared for his best season as a Tottenham player.

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Stoke City

Kevin Wimmer scores on Hannover debut as he puts Stoke nightmare behind him

The Austrian defender had an awful time at Stoke City last season.

Mathew Nash



When Stoke City signed Kevin Wimmer last summer it looked like something of a coup from the Potters. The Austrian had impressed at Tottenham during his time at White Hart Lane. Unfortunately, game time became hard to come by due to the excellence of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the back for Spurs.

Wimmer was therefore sold to Stoke last summer for a fee in the region of £18 million. Mark Hughes was ecstatic with the signing but his form did not justify his exaggerated price-tag.

Wimmer struggled under Hughes and things got even worse when the Welshman left. Replaced by Paul Lambert, the new manager swiftly moved wimmer into the reserves. Told to lose weight he played no part in Stoke’s failed attempt to survive relegation from the Premier League.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Kevin Wimmer of Stoke City looks dejected following the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 30, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

This summer, with Stoke relegated, Wimmer was moved on. He joined Hannover in a season-long loan deal back in May.

At the weekend he began his first steps in forgetting his Stoke City nightmare. The Austrian played his first game for his new club in the DFB Pokal against Karlsruher. Not only did he play, but he also managed to score. It was his first goal since scoring v Liverpool in the League Cup back in 2016 whilst at Spurs.

He scored the opening goal of a convincing 6-0 win, powering home a close-range header.

Wimmer will long be remembered as one of Stoke’s biggest ever flops. But it seems he is certainly enjoying himself back in Germany.

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