Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the new era at Goodison Park following the appointment of Marco Silva as the club’s new manager back in May.
The 40-year-old takes over the Merseyside outfit following the departure of Sam Allardyce at the end of last season, this all despite leading the Toffees to an eighth place finish in the Premier League. However, he went about it in a way which was not well received by Evertonians up and down the country, with several thrilled to see former Hull City and Watford boss Silva take over heading into the 2018/19 campaign.
As such, there are many excited and indeed expectant Toffees fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are wondering what Silva is going to do to sort out the club’s obvious midfield issue, with many feeling that 19-year-old sensation Beni Baningime could be the answer to their problems.
Ultimately, last season was a disappointing one for Everton fans given they spent well over £100 million on players 12 months ago, only to actually drop a place to eighth in the table come the end of the campaign.
And the central midfield department was one area of the squad that didn’t fire on all cylinders last time round, with the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Wayne Rooney in particular struggling for form alongside Idrissa Gueye.
And with Rooney having left to join DC United, and Schneiderlin having been linked with a move away, new boss Silva must have an idea on who he wants in that midfield area – Baningime could be the answer.
The 19-year-old came up through the ranks at Goodison Park to earn his senior debut for the club in their Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea in October of last year, a game in which the young midfielder underlined his enormous talent with a mightily impressive display in defeat to Antonio Conte’s side.
Unsurprisingly, that paved the way for 11 more senior appearances last term to suggest that the 19-year-old was beginning to make inroads into the first team squad, with his strength and tenacity in the tackle indicating that he could be a Premier League star of the future.
Add in composure both on and off the ball, as well as an ability to screen the back four, and Baningime certainly has the potential to go on and become a top-quality central midfielder, yet it also appears that he could do a job in the present as well.
Thus, while Silva may be looking further afield to solve his midfield woes, the answer could already be at Goodison Park in the form of 19-year-old sensation Baningime.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!