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

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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.

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.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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