Everton will be preparing for this weekend's game against Southampton, and have decided to hand a new contract to midfielder Beni Baningime in the build-up to the game.
The Toffees are surely set for a huge summer given that manager Sam Allardyce could be relieved of his duties, whilst Steve Walsh could be at risk of losing his job amid links to Marcel Brands.
Some players may also be fearing for their futures, but one player who can seemingly enjoy the next few years at Goodison Park is midfielder Beni Baningime.
The 19-year-old, born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, joined Everton way back in 2007 at the age of just seven, and has risen up through the ranks at Goodison Park.
This season, Baningime has broken into the Everton first team, making 11 appearances in all competitions in what has been a promising season for the central midfielder.
Today, Everton have rewarded Baningime for his progress with a new contract until 2022, and Toffees fans have been taking to Twitter to offer their reaction to the news.
Most Everton fans are delighted with the news, feeling that Baningime has a huge future ahead of him, though a loan move to a Championship club – such as Derby County – may be great for him next term.
Get in, time to get him out on that pitch more— Zac (@ZacNSNO) May 3, 2018
One of the few positives this season.— John-Paul (@John_Paul1985) May 3, 2018
great talent going to be some player in the years to come— scott bartoncaldwell (@scozzabc) May 3, 2018
Four years of being put out on loan if Sam stays! Only exciting if he gets regular first team action.— Andy (@howiseeit4) May 3, 2018
Great news, now let’s get him on loan at a decent club like @dcfcofficial next season rather than wasting him on the bench.— Craig (@ctayts) May 3, 2018
Better than Schneiderlin— ... (@JenkTosun) May 3, 2018
Great news, hope to see you break through into a first team regular.— CheGuava (@CheGuava99) May 3, 2018
Great news about Beni Baningime gonna be an absolute baller of a player— Ben (@benbluenose79) May 3, 2018
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