Baningime’s spell in the Toffees first-team proved to be as impressive as it was fleeting. When David Unsworth was made Everton’s caretaker manager after the sacking of Ronald Koeman in the autumn of 2017, he was quick to promote a midfielder he compared to N’Golo Kante to the first-team squad (Echo).
But, like fellow youngster and Premier League 2 winner Tom Davies, the 20-year-old has slipped rapidly down the pecking order ever since Marco Silva was appointed as Koeman’s full-time successor a year ago.
Baningime has not played a Premier League game since a 1-1 draw with Swansea in 15 months ago and a disappointing loan spell at Wigan Athletic, in which he made just a single appearance, certainly hasn’t helped his ailing reputation.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the one-time Manchester United target was supposed to go to Danish giants Brondby over the summer but, after talks collapsed, he has been left out of favour and out of sight.
Baningime is playing for Unsworth for Everton’s U23s once again but it’s difficult to avoid feeling that this represents a substantial step in the wrong direction.
He is back to where he started.
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