Beni Baningime doesn’t appear to be in Everton’s first-team plans this season.

Everton are looking like one of the surprise packages of the new season following their wonderful start to 2018-19, and manager Marco Silva is expected to help the Merseyside club break into the upper reaches of the Premier League table.

A new and much-improved squad is starting to take shape under the Portuguese gaffer, and one youngster who could find playing minutes harder to come by this term is Beni Baningime.

The promising 19-year-old defensive midfielder didn’t feature much during pre-season due to an ankle problem, but it remains to be seen if he can force himself into Silva’s plans even when fully fit and available.

While Baningime is expected to feature regularly for the under-23’s, a season-long loan move away from Goodison Park will do his development a lot of good.

The teenager put in a clutch of promising displays for the Blues last season, featuring in 11 games across all competitions, and he needs to continue playing senior football regularly in order to keep developing.

A season or two in the Championship will help get Baningime up to speed with the demands of senior football, and Everton shouldn’t hesitate to farm him out on loan before next Friday’s second division transfer deadline.

Such a move will no doubt help fast-track his development and prepare him for the Toffees first-team.

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