Adrien Sébastien Perruchet da Silva (born 15 March 1989), known as Adrien Silva, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club Monaco on loan from Leicester City, and the Portugal national team, as a central midfielder.
He played mostly for Sporting since making his first-team debut at the age of 18, and was loaned to Maccabi Haifa and Académica, winning the Taça de Portugal with the latter in addition to the same honour at Sporting. Known for his dribbling and passing qualities he was described by Paulo Bento, who managed him at the latter, as a "complete midfielder" who "wets his jersey in every game he plays".
Silva gained 46 caps for Portugal all youth categories comprised, including 13 for the under-21 team. He made his senior international debut in 2014.
Silva was born in Angoulême, Poitou-Charentes, France, to a Portuguese father and a French mother. He began his football career at the age of five playing for FC Girondins de Bordeaux but, after six years at the club, his father, who worked in aeronautics, returned to Portugal and the family settled in Arcos de Valdevez, and he spent two seasons with local Associação Recreativa e Cultural de Paçô.
Silva's performances led to interest from the Big Three in Portugal, Sporting Clube de Portugal, F.C. Porto and S.L. Benfica, and he ultimately chose to join the second, as his former club eventually came to host a tournament in his honour called Torneio A.R.C.Paçô–Adrien Silva (English: A.R.C.Paçô–Adrien Silva Tournament), held every June.
In his six-year stint in Sporting's academy Silva won seven total titles, which consisted of four national championships and three regional ones. At the age of 15 he, along with Portuguese under-16 teammates Ricardo Fernandes and Fábio Ferreira, was scouted by English club Chelsea, with the three players later travelling to London and training at the club's facilities; however, the approach was eventually called off after Sporting filed a complaint with FIFA in January 2005, but Fernandes and Ferreira eventually did sign.
In March 2007 Silva signed his first professional contract, agreeing to a five-year deal with Sporting. In July, after spending the final two months of the 2006–07 season playing with the reserve team, he was officially promoted to the senior team by manager Paulo Bento ahead of the upcoming campaign. He made his Primeira Liga debut on 17 August, appearing as a late substitute in a 4–1 home win against Académica de Coimbra; on 12 December, after appearing as an unused substitute in several league and European matches, he simultaneously made his first professional start and UEFA Champions League debut in a 3–0 victory over FC Dynamo Kyiv. Four days later he made his first start in the league, in a 2–1 win at C.S. Marítimo.
Silva featured in both legs of Sporting's round-of-32 success against Bolton Wanderers in the 2007–08 UEFA Cup. On 16 April he started in the team's 5–3 victory over Benfica in the semi-finals of the Portuguese Cup, being replaced after only 35 minutes in what was ultimately the final of his 15 official appearances of the season.
Similar to his first year, Silva struggled for minutes in the 2008–09 season. He played his first match on 22 November in a 1–0 league win over Associação Naval 1º de Maio (16 minutes from the bench). He made his first start in a 3–0 home success against Marítimo in the campaign's Portuguese League Cup. and he also made Bento's starting XI three months later, in the Lions' 1–7 defeat to FC Bayern Munich for the Champions League's last-16 second leg; he finished the season with 19 appearances all competitions comprised, notably playing the full 90 minutes in home wins against C.F. Estrela da Amadora and C.D. Nacional.
Silva made his official debut in 2009–10 in a UEFA Europa League group stage match against Germany's Hertha BSC, where he scored his first career goal netting the match-winner in a 1–0 win, and where he also was sent off after collecting a second yellow card in injury time. On 28 November 2009, in the Lisbon derby, which ended 0–0, he made headlines in the Portuguese media after it was reported that he had covered the most distance by any Sporting player in the match, having traveled over 10,049 metres (6.244 mi) – his performance leading coach Carlos Carvalhal to start him in 13 of the team's next 15 matches but he eventually fell out of favour, as Sporting went on to rank in only fourth position with 48 points, the club's worst amount of point accumulation since the 1992–93 season.
On 27 June 2010, it was announced that Silva would be joining Israeli club Maccabi Haifa F.C. on a season-long loan deal. The move was facilitated by the player's agent Pini Zahavi, based in Tel Aviv. He made his debut for his new team on 29 July, in the first leg of the team's Europa League third qualifying round tie against FC Dinamo Minsk; he was rarely played in the Israeli Premier League, but was a regular in the club's campaign in the Toto Cup.
In January 2011, it was reported that Silva was considering going back to Portugal to regain match fitness. On the 16th he spoke of his desire by telling daily sports newspaper A Bola: "Returning to Portugal is an option that I like a lot since I can be followed more closely. In Israel, I don't have great visibility"; three days later the six-month loan was confirmed.
Silva found the net in his first appearance with the Students, who were however defeated 1–2 away against S.C. Olhanense. He again was used rarely, but now due to injury problems – he fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in a game with U.D. Leiria in March, which sidelined for the rest of the season.
On 5 July 2011, Sporting and Académica extended the loan move for a further campaign. On 26 September, completely recovered from his physical condition, Silva scored his first career brace in a 4–0 home win against C.D. Feirense; on 19 November, in the fourth round of the Portuguese Cup, he netted his team's second in a 3–0 shock triumph over Porto, adding another double in the next round against Leixões SC (5–2, extra time) and going on to play the full 90 minutes in the final against Sporting, a 1–0 success which saw the Coimbra side lift its first domestic cup in 73 years.
On 28 November 2013, Silva was awarded with Sporting's Player of the Year award.