Good article from the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/8149282.stm
I was lucky enough to see Laurie play a few times for West Brom and he had a bit of everything. Pace, skill, balance and a surprising amount of strength. I think the comparison with Cristiano Ronaldo is a good one, although Laurie had better dress sense.
I can also see what people mean about his unfulfilled potential, but perhaps his real legacy was breaking down the racial barriers that existed within football to give us the multicultural game we have today.