Everton's Beni Baningime leaves Wigan fans divided after debut performance

Marco Silva ) of Everton before the Premier League match between Everton and Fulham at Goodison Park on September 29, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Beni Baningime left Premier League strugglers Everton in the January transfer window for relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic.

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Beni Baningime of Everton returns for training at USM Finch Farm on July 2, 2018 in Halewood, England.

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.

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,...

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.

Lyon's French midfielder Nabil Fekir (L) vies with Everton's Congolese midfielder Beni Baningime during the Europa League (C3) football match Olympique Lyonnais (OL) versus Everton FC on...

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