Kouassi Eboue has struggled to make appearances for Celtic, ever since he joined back in January.
Benyu was bought to Celtic as one for the future, but seems to have forced his way into Rodgers’ plans.
The Northern Irish boss said: "He’s been very good. He’s surprised me to be honest. We knew he was a good player. You see what we're trying to build here in terms of players being technically gifted.
"But they have to have good mobility and good physicality. And he has that. He’s played with a nice little edge, he’s competitive. And he’s got a confidence.
"We will see how he develops. Initially the plan was to have him in, thinking he can get an idea of how we work and then go on loan.
"But I’ve sort of changed my mind, really, over the last period of time just watching him."
And Rodgers comments could be bad news for Eboue Kouassi, who is already finding chances hard to come by.
Kouassi joined Celtic last January, but he has struggled to make an impact.
Although the 19-year-old has been brought to Celtic as a player who could progress into the first-team for the years ahead, more competition is unlikely to benefit him.
The youngster has only made five appearances across all competitions for Celtic to date, with Rodgers clearly having reservations over using him.
And if Benyu has moved ahead of Kouassi in Rodgers’ pecking order, it is hard to see the Ivorian making much of an impression this season.
It could already be that Kouassi is already facing a make or break campaign at Celtic, if he is to prove to Rodgers that he has a future in Glasgow.