Beni Baningime left Premier League strugglers Everton in the January transfer window for relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic.
How did Everton youngster Beni Baningime get on in his first outing for Wigan Athletic on Saturday? Well, if you ask the Latics fans, his display ranged from promising to a little underwhelming.
The 20-year-old is one of the most highly-rated young players at Goodison Park and has been tipped by many to follow Tom Davies, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and co into the first-team in the near future. First, however, he must navigate a potentially challenging loan spell at a Wigan side who are hovering just above the Championship relegation zone.
An intelligent footballer with an impressive passing range, it remains to be seen whether Baningime can stand out in the hustle and bustle of the Championship.
And it seems that he struggled to really stamp his influence on proceedings during Saturday’s 1-1 draw away at a direct and physical Rotherham United side.
Baningime showed plenty of nice touches and flashes of real quality but much of the game went over his head – quite literally. Maybe this is simply not the sort of encounter that suits a player who is far more comfortable with the ball on the ground.
Wigan manager Paul Cook did describe his debut as a ‘culture shock’ after all, as reported by Wigan Today.
Some decent touches and looked better longer game went on but looked lost first half
— Dan Pugh (@danp91) February 9, 2019
Thought he was decent today, though not quite up to the level of a certain other loanee #cfc
— WiganSte (@SteFromWigan) February 9, 2019
Already better than Connolly.
— Charlie the mad puppy (@Raccoon69090386) February 10, 2019
He was quite poor today but deserves time
— Aaron Davison (@aarondavison99) February 9, 2019
Decent performance in a scrappy match
— Matt Lorton (@lorton_matt) February 9, 2019
Not surprised sounded like the ball were flying over him and James’ heads
— Matt (@WafcMatt3) February 9, 2019