Can Beni Baningime become Everton's own Steven Gerrard?

Papu Gomez of Atalanta and Beni Baningime of Everton battle for possession during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Everton FC and Atalanta at Goodison Park on November 23, 2017...

Everton have handed Baningime a contract extension. Is he their answer to Liverpool's Gerrard?

Beni Baningime of Everton and Pedro of Chelsea battle for possession during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on October 25, 2017 in London,...

Everton midfielder Beni Baningime has signed a four-year contract extension, and the 19-year-old will surely aspire to break into the first-team sooner rather than later.

The Congo-born Englishman made his senior team debut last October, and has appeared 11 other times since across all competitions.

Baningime earned promotion to the Everton first team after playing a key role in the under-23's Premier League 2 title-winning campaign last season, and his energetic and tenacious performances in the centre of the park will definitely have reminded many of a young Steven Gerrard.

Everton's English midfielder Beni Baningime (C) controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west...

Could he go on to become Everton's answer to the Liverpool legend?

Baningime has mostly featured in deep midfield, but he is also capable of playing as a centre midfielder and at right-back. The goals are still missing from his game, but he's still a work in progress, and the future is bright for the teenage sensation.

With European football unavailable at Goodison Park next term, Baningime's playing chances will be few and far between, and a loan move to the Championship could be necessary to help fast-track his development.

Everton's Reserves and Academy Player of the Year award for the 2016/17 season is a leader on the pitch, and he helped captain the under-18s to the Dallas Cup victory in the 2015-16 season.

Ben Chilwell of Leicester City and Beni Baningime of Everton battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton at The King Power Stadium on October 29,...

Baningime's energy and passion separates him from his peers, and should he keep getting better at this rate, he could end up establishing himself as a starter in the team very soon.

Since Wayne Rooney, and maybe Ross Barkley, Everton are yet to produce a top player from within their academy, but Baningime could soon be making a name for himself, and even go on to become their own midfield general Gerrard.

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