Wigan boss Paul Cook reserves special praise for on-loan Everton man Beni Baningime

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

Wigan Athletic signed Beni Baningime on loan from Everton.

Paul Cook, Manager of Wigan Athletic looks on during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay between Wigan and AFC Bournemouth at DW Stadium on January 17, 2018 in Wigan, England.

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.

Beni Baningime of Everton warms up for the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Beningime replaced holding midfielder Lee Evans who dropped out through illness and featured for the full 90 minutes, producing three tackles, two interceptions and a 79.3% pass-accuracy rate.

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.

Beni Baningime of Everton and Will Hughes of Watford battle for possession during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on November 5, 2017 in Liverpool,...

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