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Beni Baningime joined Everton's Academy at the age of nine.
Born in Kinshasa, Congo, the central midfielder is also eligible to represent England.
He captained Everton Under-18s to Dallas Cup success in 2015-16 and continued to shine for Kevin Sheedy's young Blues a year later.
Baningime was handed his Under-23s debut in 2016-17 and became a regular in David Unsworth's Premier League 2 title-winning side.
At the end of that prosperous campaign, the deep-lying midfielder scooped Everton's prestigious Keith Tamlin award, named after the Club’s Vice Life President, for his excellence, attitude and application throughout his Academy grounding.
In October 2017, Baningime made his professional debut in a League Cup game at Chelsea. He would go on to make a further 11 first-team appearances in 2017-18 - impressing with his infectious energy, incisive passing and ability to break up play.
The Academy graduate's all-action performances saw him rewarded with a new four-year contract in May 2018. Injury restricted Baningime to two Under-23 outings in 2018-19 and the same issue meant a subsequent loan in the Championship with Wigan Athletic yielded only one appearance.
Contracted until: June 2022