Dynamic Portuguese midfielder Leonardo Adelino da Silva Lopes joined City on the August 2019 transfer deadline day, reunting with former Peterborough manager Grant McCann. Da Silva was introduced gently into the first team but found his form as City embarked on an October run of victories, by December he was a dominant force in midfield and a natural first XI choice, attracting attention from teams in MLS and closer to home. His form dipped badly after the COVID-19 lockdown but the relegation that followed didn’t chime with the young midfielder’s ambitions and he was not involved in 2020/21 pre-season training.
Born in Lisbon, Lopes and his family moved to England as a teenager and cut his teeth in the Peterborough United academy. The Posh gave Leo his debut at sixteen and he had amassed 100 League appearances while still in his teens. In June 2018 Wigan prised Lopes away from Peterborough for a £1.5 million fee but the move was not successful and he signed for City a year later.
In September 2020 Loe signed for Belgian Pro League side Cercle Brugge.
Lopes won a Portugal under-20 cap in 2018.
Date/Place of Birth: 30 November 1998, Lisbon (Portugal)
Hull City First Game: 13 August 2019, Tranmere Rovers A (League Cup First Round), 20 years, 256 days old
Hull City Final Game: 22 July 2020, Cardiff City A (Championship), 21 years, 235 days old
Peterborough United (2014-2018), Wigan Athletic (2018-2019), Gillingham (2019, loan), Hull City (2019-2020), Cercle Bruygge (2020-current)
Hull City Record
Career: 44 apps, 2 goalsLeonardo da Silva Lopes
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