Beni Baningime is a player who, at one point, looked destined for a career in the Everton first-team.
Sam Allardyce was clearly a fan of the young midfielder during his time in charge of the club. ‘Big Sam’ gave him a chance in the Everton first-team and a new contract followed, tying him down to Goodison Park until the summer of 2022.
However, Allardyce was sent packing just two weeks after the new deal was signed and Baningime did not have a similar impact under Marco Silva.
His career at Everton, in recent times, has been a tale of injury and loan spell disappointments.
Not only does that refer to a poor spell at his little brother Divin’s club Wigan Athletic in 2019, but also two loan deals that failed to materialise.
In the summer of 2019, Baningime saw a loan move to Danish side Silkeborg collapse at the last minute. This summer, a similar move to Blackpool also fell through.
The result has been a campaign with David Unsworth’s under-23s so far this season. At times he has been given the captain’s armband with the PL2 side. But given his previous foray into Allardyce’s first-team picture, that is unlikely to be satisfying the 22-year-old.
Baningime needs regular first-team football if he is to put himself in the shop window for a potential move away from Everton at the end of the season.
A loan deal is paramount to that success. Hopefully, in January, Everton can finally find Baningime a temporary place to call home.