Everton midfielder Beni Baningime has been dealt a now or never chance to prove his worth to Marco Silva, after his potential move to Danish side Brondby IF collapsed, according to Football Insider.
The young Blues product had been in talks with the club based in the western outskirts of Copenhagen over a potential one-season loan deal, after Silva gave him permission to secure a temporary move away in the hope of seeing the defensive midfielder play regular senior football.
Baningime has twelve first-team games to his name at Everton, but endured a horrid loan spell in the Championship with Wigan Athletic last term, where he was omitted from the 18-man teamsheet by Paul Cook immediately after his Latics debut and never returned to a matchday squad (TransferMarkt).
He looked set to pay the price of failing to meet the grade at the DW Stadium by making a further step down in search of regular football, but is now thought to be remaining at Everton until at least January after talks with Brondby collapsed.
The 20-year-old was eager to join Niels Frederiksen’s Superliga side as they try to claw back inside the top positions following a fourth-place finish last season, as he is far down Silva’s pecking order at Goodison Park.
However, Jean-Philippe Gbamin’s recent thigh injury is thought to have altered the picture somewhat, as the Ivory Coast international is expected to face at least two months on the sidelines (BBC).
Baningime still faces competition from Andre Gomes, Morgan Schneiderlin, Fabian Delph and Tom Davies for minutes in Royal Blue, but the chance of moving up the pecking order is one that the Kinshasa, DR Congo-born midfielder must grasp with both hands.
Further injuries to his preferred options could see that Silva includes Baningime more prominently in first-team training sessions, and the Toffees head coach has frequently spoken about how he wants players to prove their desire at Finch Farm before being awarded minutes at Goodison Park.
A red card for two bookings with Everton’s Under 23s in the EFL Trophy tie away to Mansfield Town on Tuesday night will not have helped his situation, though, as a rash tackle on Omari Sterling-James saw the Blues brought down to ten men on 70 minutes and require penalties to clinch the opening game win.
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