Beni Baningime has been ‘exceptional’ since his summer transfer to the Scottish Premiership from Everton to Hearts, according to manager Robbie Neilson.

The midfielder has signed a three-year deal as he looks to build on the early promise displayed at Everton. Baningime has won multiple Man of the Match awards since his Gorgie arrival and picked up another during the weekend draw in his first Edinburgh derby against Hibs. Neilson was wowed again by his summer acquisition.

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The Hearts midfielder has wowed since arriving on a permanent basis from Everton before the start of this season. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

And he believes that clubs will already be looking at the Everton academy graduate: “He got Man of the Match again. His work ethic, his ability on the ball and his composure is top. Beni’s going to have to get a bigger closet with all the prizes he’s picking up.

“He’s been exceptional from day one and as a Hearts fan I just want to see as much as I can because I have no doubt people will be looking at him just now. He’s come from England up to Scotland and lit it up. We’re now going on a run of games that we’ll be expected to win.

“We got to Ross County and need to get three points there then move on to the next one.”

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