The Toffees academy graduate continues to impress for the U23s and helped the Goodison Park side to a 2-2 draw after coming from two down on Friday.
Everton Under-23s manager David Unsworth has praised Beni Baningime for another great display for the Toffees as they fought back from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw against Manchester City U23s on Friday night (official Everton website).
The young Blues began poorly in Southport, falling two goals behind after Man City U23s captain Tommy Doyle scored from the penalty spot in the first half and Nabil Touaizi doubled the visitors’ lead not long after the interval.
However, Antony Evans halved the deficit with another superb free kick and Ellis Simms nodded in the equaliser late on following some incredible footwork by Anthony Gordon, who weaved through the opposition defence and struck the woodwork, the ball falling kindly for the prolific striker to seal a share of the spoils.
Baningime, who was previously compared by Unsworth to N’Golo Kante and Claude Makelele in 2017 (Liverpool Echo), once again gave a controlled, mature display in the centre of the park, prompting his manager to say “he probably shouldn’t be playing at this level” and hoped he would eventually kick on at senior level.
“He’s a class act and probably shouldn’t be playing at this level,” said Unsworth. “He’s getting the profile to kick on in his senior career. He played a bit further forward tonight which I felt suited him against the opposition, and he is consistently one of the best players on the pitch every week.”
Baningime has, however, not been able to break into Marco Silva’s squad, and the 21-year-old’s senior tally remains frozen at 12 appearances, all in the 2017-18 season (Transfermarkt), which led to speculation linking him to Danish club Brondby in the summer, only for negotiations to collapse (Liverpool Echo).