When Raul Jimenez fractured his skull against Arsenal, Jeff Shi would have immediately opened the notes page on his phone.
With Fabio Silva still incredibly raw and failing to find the back of the net, he realised that Wolves needed to sign another striker.
That appears to be the primary objective in the January transfer window with Patrick Cutrone returning from his loan spell with Fiorentina and a host of targets being linked.
The Frenchman has contributed to 11 goals this season and wins an impressive 3.8 aerial duels per game. With that in mind, he’d be a superb replacement for the injured Jimenez. Laborde puts himself about and scores goals in the process. What’s not to like?
Well, his performance in a 1-1 draw with Nantes at the weekend won’t have done himself many favours, because in short, it was an absolute horror show. The forward was alienated and barely received any service, failing to show the robust signs we’re accustomed to seeing from him.
Every time the ball came to him, he appeared to lose it or completely fail to do anything positive. He was dribbled past on three occasions and he also made three fouls in a display where everything appeared to go wrong for Laborde.
The 26-year-old is a fierce warrior and usually battles for the ball impressively – just like Jimenez. However, that part of his game was completely lacking on Saturday as he lost 12 of the 15 duels contested.
This was a very out of sorts display from Laborde and if he does want to seal a dream move to the Premier League, he’ll need to eradicate this type of performance.
We’ve suggested in the past that the striker would be ideal for Wolves, but consistency is one thing he now has to work on. With Shi needing to get someone in quickly, he won’t have been impressed.