New Hearts midfielder Beni Baningime says his move to the Scottish Premiership is ‘a dream come true’ after leaving Everton.

The 22-year-old is a product of the Everton academy and made 12 appearances for the English Premier League club. He has spent time out on loan at Wigan Athletic and Derby County, Baningime winning Man of the Match on his debut as Hearts beat Celtic 2-1 in an impressive first league match for Robbie Neilson’s team.

Heart of Midlothian v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Shone after leaving Everton 24 hours beforehand. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Baningime says his ‘legs were gone,’ but the whirlwind move has been brilliant (EEN): “It’s like a dream come true coming here. The gaffer and all the boys helped me out with things like tactics and I’m just really pleased I performed well. Everything I’ve gone through, sometimes it’s hard because you think: ‘Am I actually good enough?’

“I was at Everton for a long time so to get a fresh start here, and to start with a win against a good team, really helps me a lot. My last game was five months ago so I’m surprised I lasted that long. My legs were gone for the last two minutes. I was thinking: ‘Just stay where you are. Stay in front of your man.’

“You dream of these games and you dream to play at the highest level. I want to continue improving now. This doesn’t stop. It’s a great win but we have to carry on working.”

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