Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook says Beni Baningime took to the rigours of Championship football well after the midfielder made his debut following his deadline day move from Everton, Wigan Today report.
“It must have been such a culture shock for Beni to come into the team for a game like that, coming from Everton. But we had no choice really, and I thought he acquitted himself really well, and grew into the game,” Cook explained.
Baningime came through the Everton youth ranks and made his senior debut for the club in a League Cup clash back in 2017.
The 20-year-old has found first-team football hard to come by at Goodison Park, therefore he took the opportunity to join Wigan on loan until the end of the season when the deal came about on deadline day.
Baningime has little first-team experience, yet with Wigan short on numbers due to injuries, manager Paul Cook threw him straight into action in a key encounter at relegation rivals Rotherham United.
Wigan started the game three points above the Millers and seven points clear of safety. That looked set to change when Rotherham took a first-half lead, but Josh Windass’s equaliser secured the Latics a valuable point in a fiery match.
With a contract at Everton until 2022, the Congolese youngster will be hoping a decent spell at Wigan will give him the necessary first-team experience to go back to the Toffees and push for more game-time.