Andre Silva has joined Eintracht Frankfurt on a two-year loan deal from AC Milan, with Ante Rebic going the other way. bundesliga.com profiles the Portugal international striker...
Club: Eintracht Frankfurt (on loan from AC Milan)
Country: Portugal (33 caps, 15 goals)
Silva first caught the eye at the age of eight, when he scored 15 goals in one game - yes, ONE GAME - whilst playing for Salgueiros against Vianese. After a spell in the Boavista youth team, as well as a further stint with Salgueiros and a 12-month stay at Padroense, a player dubbed 'Portugal's most exciting prospect since Cristiano Ronaldo' sealed a dream move to Porto. He was only 15 at the time, but age proved to be just a number as the 6'1" front man - having impressed in the youth ranks - made his pro debut for the B team a month after turning 18.
Silva was handed his maiden start for the Porto seniors two years later, and went on to score 24 goals in 58 appearances in his two seasons at the Estadio do Dragao. With 16 league goals in 2016/17 - compared to nine the previous campaign - the lithe right-footer attracted interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs. Italian giants AC Milan made him their record transfer in summer 2017, but "cultural struggles" checked his progress and, after scoring 10 goals in 40 outings over two seasons, Silva moved to La Liga outfit Sevilla on loan.
Breathing Iberian air once again, Silva started the 2018/19 campaign with a debut hat-trick against Rayo Vallecano. He also hit a brace in a 3-0 win over Real Madrid, taking his tally to seven goals in as many games - more than Lionel Messi at the time - before being interrupted by hamstring and knee troubles. A further two goals and one assist were the sum parts of his spell in southern Spain, while injury also denied him a place in Portugal's UEFA Nations League Finals squad.
There is, however, no denying Silva's international pedigree. He won his first senior cap in September 2016, and became the youngest Portugal player to score a hat-trick on only his second outing for his country - against the Faroe Islands. He also ranked in the top 10 scorers during 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, with nine goals in 10 games. His total international tally, including all youth levels from U16 through U21, reads 45 goals in 103 appearances.
Plays a bit like: Fredi Kanoute
With an unflappable composure and poacher's nose in the opposition box, it is little wonder Silva eared comparisons with club legend Fredi Kanoute during the early part of his one-season loan with Sevilla. He's not the fastest in a footrace, but it's his speed of thought that makes him such an effective centre-forward, punctuated by the uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time.
Did you know?
Unlucky for some, but not for Frankfurt's new man, Silva reached 13 senior international goals in just 28 matches. It took Portugal captain Ronaldo 41 games to hit the same number.
What they're saying
"Andre Silva is doing a phenomenal job, and not just thanks to his goals." - Ronaldo when asked about Real's reported interest in Silva during his Porto days
"Andre was someone who would not put the ball down until he was literally forced to go home by his parents." - former Salgueiros youth coordinator, Alexandre Pereira
"I explained to him that we were not there to humiliate anyone, and the game was won." - former Salgueiros coach, Luis Machado, following Silva's 15-goal haul against Vianese
"Andre is perfectly suited to our coach's philosophy." - Frankfurt board member Fredi Bobic