Everton midfielder Beni Baningime has hailed the impact of David Unsworth as he reignites his career.
Speaking to Everton’s official website, Baningime claimed that he made the right decision staying at Everton this season. He explained that he needed to work with a familiar manager to get the best out of his game.
The 21-year-old faced an uncertain future in the summer after an unsuccessful loan spell at Wigan Athletic. An ankle injury restricted Baningime to just one appearance for the Latics and he returned to Everton in low spirits.
Baningime has never played under Marco Silva but he is edging closer to the first-team. The combative midfielder’s form for the U23s has earned him a place on the bench in one Premier League match.
Baningime on Unsworth
Baningime thanked Unsworth for his revival. He said (via evertonfc.com): “Staying at Everton was probably the best thing for me,” Baningime explains. “Playing under a manager I know and I trust is helping to get me back to where I belong.
“Unsy is always challenging me. You can never be complacent. I know if I come in and I’ve even just been a little bit sloppy, he is going to be on me. He knows how good I am. If I do make a mistake, he knows, ‘This isn’t Beni – he can do better’. It’s important to have someone who has that faith.”
Baningime could get his Everton chance this season given the injury problems at Goodison Park. Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph have all spent time out injured this season.
Silva is weighing up his options and Baningime is probably next in line for a call-up. All he can do is continue to shine under Unsworth for the U23s and wait for his opportunity.