Baningime's loan to Blackpool falls through

Tuesday, 25 August, 2020 12comments  |  Jump to last
It had been understood that Everton were negotiating a season-long deal for Beni Baningime to go on loan at Blackpool in League One but this has now collapsed.

The central midfielder has made 12 appearances for Everton's first-team back in the 2017-18 season under David Unsworth but does not appear to be part of Carlo Ancelotti's plans for the Everton first team, having been unused in a bench of subs for most games played after the restart in June.

The young Everton midfielder has struggled to get back into contention with the first team after suffering a troublesome ankle injury 2 years ago. When he was finally fit again, the decision was taken to send him out on loan with Wigan Athletic in the Championship for the second half of the 2018-19 season. However, his ankle had not been right and he would only play one game while at the DW Stadium.

Beni would go on to struggle with that compromised ankle for more than a year as he worked on building match fitness during the 2019-20 season back with Everton's U23s, where he was able to play 21 games in all before the Coronavirus pandemic terminated the season in March.

Injuries to key midfielders in the senior squad, however, saw Baningime training with them before the Premier League restarted in June 2020 but, while he was named among the expanded list of substitutes for most of the remaining matches of the protracted campaign, he was not called upon by Carlo Ancelotti. The player has two years remaining on his contract with Everton after he accepted a new 4-year contract in May 2018.

Baningime was also overlooked for the first-team friendly at Blackpool and instead was part of the Everton U23s team that put seven goals past Runcorn Town at the weekend. He and fellow fringe players Josh Bowler, Nathan Broadhead and Matty Pennington, are also expected to leave the club this summer, either on loan or in permanent moves, if deals can be arranged.  

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Justin Doone
1 Posted 25/08/2020 at 16:20:21
I think wages are an issue and we would prefer a permanent solution that Blackpool are not interested in at this stage.

A shame because it appears another young player has suffered from injury in the crucial years of development from youth to senior player.

We literally can't give them away whilst other clubs fringe players go for millions.

Hopefully he can continue his career injury free and you never know he may get a chance elsewhere very soon.

Now.. Where's that world class incoming player we have been waiting to hear all about..

Ajay Gopal
2 Posted 25/08/2020 at 18:19:42
This club is cursed, I tell ya!

We manage to get Tosun on loan to Palace, he does reasonably well, raising our expectations that we might be able to sell him and recover a decent amount of his fee, but he gets a season-ending injury.

And Baningimie, who I thought did brilliantly when he was first introduced into the senior team, has horrible luck with injuries, and looks like his career at the top rung of football is over before it started.

Then the injuries to Gbamin, Gomes, Delph and Mina last season. Surely, we are due for a change in fortunes. Things can't get any worse, can they?

Joe McMahon
3 Posted 25/08/2020 at 18:35:15
Ajay, I don't care that people laugh at this, but I honestly think the club has Hex on it, and has done for years.
Nick Lacey
4 Posted 25/08/2020 at 19:29:06
Ajay and Joe,

We do seem to have a terrible injury problem over the last few decades.

In no particular order, these are some of the players that have been injured for a minimum of 6 months over the last 10ish years – this is just from memory if I haven't got the precise injury or time span (I'm sure others can think of more):

Gomes
Bolasie
Tosun
Besic
Baningime
Gbamin
Coleman
Barkley
Rodwell
Vaughan
Kone
McCarthy
Anichebe
Oviedo
Baines
Mirallas
Gibson - poor injury record before we got him.
Funes Mori?
Delph - same as Gibson
Arteta - missed FA Cup Final
Jagielka - missed FA Cup Final
Yakubu
Niasse - mysterious wrist action
Mangala - on loan from Man City
Lacina Traore???

Can probably add some others also.

I know other clubs get injuries, but I can never remember the RS for example (and others) having so many long term injuries.

Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 25/08/2020 at 22:29:50
Blackpool probably had second thoughts as he can’t get a look in at Everton and apparently they are currently as good as Everton so they need players to improve them not rejects from rivals
Mark Andersson
6 Posted 25/08/2020 at 23:35:19
KK at 5 – that's funny but true...

We're not jinxed, we're just a badly run club from top to bottom..

Fans who never give up dreaming because they can still vaguely remember the distant past of the glory years... but that generation of fans is dying the same slow death of the clubs itself.

The next generations will only have history books and videos to source from.<,/p>

They will find it incomprehensible that once upon a time, Everton was the biggest most successful team on Merseyside, envied by all, feared and respected by the top teams...

Will Mabon
7 Posted 25/08/2020 at 23:45:52
I can't help thinking, the whole young player loan/development thing is getting rather complex, distracting and energy-sapping, for little to no obvious reward.

"We do seem to have a terrible injury problem over the last few decades".

I agree here, Nick, and one has to wonder about the regime at the club (recently discussed on TW). Some years back, Arsenal were in a phase of this, almost the whole team seemed prone to constant injury, and repeat problems upon return. I don't know how it resolved, but there was obviously a systemic problem at the time.


Will Mabon
8 Posted 25/08/2020 at 23:48:26
I would say though, mostly last decade perhaps, as opposed to decades, it's been most pronounced then.
Clive Rogers
9 Posted 27/08/2020 at 09:23:33
Mark, #6, you could add to that last paragraph, and then Kenwright took over.
Mick Roberts
10 Posted 28/08/2020 at 16:21:13
We must have the worst injury record in the Premier League. I would be looking at the training methods, there never seems to be a month goes by before somebody else gets injured.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
11 Posted 28/08/2020 at 16:55:09
Nick #4 - Traore I think. On loan, cup match, scored, got injured, never played again and loan finished.

And you also missed Danny Williamson.

Tom Bowers
12 Posted 28/08/2020 at 18:34:32
Tend to agree, Everton are cursed in so many ways. Nothing ever seems to work out well.

They pay over the odds for over-the-hill players and even then they get annoying injuries that seem to recur over and over. Since the wonderful Kendall side of the Eighties, they have basically struggled to keep on track with the other big clubs.

Apart from one or two nice wins against the RS and one FA Cup, win the last 30 years have been unremarkable. There are some extenuating circumstances, mainly financial, of course, but the managers in that time have been woeful in their management of the squads they had and the players they brought in.

It would appear that things are going that way again, although surely not with a manager of Ancelotti's experience, but we have grown tired of all the optimism we get before every new season begins.

Can we be pleasantly surprised for once?

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