By Richard Parks
Everton fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight after the club announced today that rising star Beni Baningime has signed a new contract.
The Merseysiders announced on their official website that the midfielder, 19, has penned a four-year deal that runs until the summer of 2022.
The Toffees academy graduate, who joined Everton aged eight after moving to England from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was instrumental in their Under-23s’ Premier League 2 title success under David Unsworth last season.
Bangime, who stats site Soccerbase state is 5ft 10 in, broke into the first team this season after being given the chance to impress in the absence by former caretaker boss Unsworth when Idrissa Gueye was out injured.
Everton fans are pleased that such a long-serving player who has risen through the ranks has been recognised for his progress and has committed to a long-term agreement.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Paul Parr (@Paul_Parr_1989) May 3, 2018
He should get way more games for us. Always really like the look of him
— Ben Marlow (@benjaminmarlow) May 3, 2018
— Connor ☯️ (@Manners16) May 3, 2018
Baningime and Davies in midfield next season like pic.twitter.com/t4PsLlBLzv
— Bloody Bainesbino (@JCGilbert81) May 3, 2018
Get in, time to get him out on that pitch more
— Zac (@ZacNSNO) May 3, 2018
Beni Beni Beni Beni Beni Baningime,
He’s staying on,
He’s staying onnnnnn!https://t.co/5aiNNH35RP
— UpperGwladysTweeter (@GaryMathieson2) May 3, 2018
great talent going to be some player in the years to come ????????
— scott bartoncaldwell (@scozzabc) May 3, 2018
Great news. Really like him
— Jagsmol (@lynnepark_lynne) May 3, 2018
— Scott Ginnett (@sginnett) May 3, 2018