Wolverhampton Wanderers were linked with a swoop for Queens Park Rangers defender Rob Dickie during the summer transfer window.
But apart from Yerson Mosquera, who could be out for action for up to five months following hamstring surgery, and making Rayan Ait-Nouri a permanent signing, no further defensive reinforcements were brought into the club.
With Mosquera facing a long period on the sidelines, it has left Bruno Lage with club captain Conor Coady, Max Kilman, Romain Saiss and Willy Boly as his only senior centre halve options.
Lage’s lack of strength in depth in the centre back department is worrying and Boly has already had a period out injured this season.
But come the New Year, Wolves could face being without both Boly and Saiss for up to a month, due to their involvement with Ivory Coast and Morocco at the African Cup of Nations.
Fosun are going to have to give Lage funds to bolster the backline and that could result in us testing Queens Park Rangers’ resolve regarding Dickie.
Rob Dickie has been consistent
According to WhoScored, Dickie has been one of the Championship’s top players so far this season. The 25-year-old is currently ranked ninth for his performances this campaign with a 7.37 rating.
Following his electric goalscoring start to the season which saw the centre back score four goals in his first six matches, no further goals have followed since.
But he has played a pivotal part in helping his team reach sixth place going into the October international break.
After 11 Championship games, Dickie is averaging 1.8 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 3.5 clearances per game. He is also averaging winning five aerial duels per game, which is more than Saiss (2.6), Coady (1.6) or Kilman (1) according to WhoScored.
With an intent to drive forward and contribute to his side’s attacking play, Dickie averages 1.1 shot, 0.5 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game, which is again more than all three of Wolves’ first choice back three.
The former Oxford United man would be a quality addition for Wolves who could improve us in both a defensive and attacking aspect, but with a contract until 2024 (Transfermarkt) and QPR boss Michael Warbuton saying “if anyone leaves, it will be on QPR’s terms”, Dickie is unlikely to come cheaply.
But the situation in January will need resolving. Let’s hope Fosun has a plan in place which could potentially see interest in Rob Dickie ramped up.