1 August 2007 :: by
Leeds United striker Richard Cresswell will be staying Elland Road, at least for the forseeable future after failing a medical at Championship suitors Hull City.
Hull City Chairman Paul Duffen said in the Hull Daily Mail, referring to the medical,
"We weren't 100 per cent happy with the outcome. There was an element of risk involved, which I've decided isn't where we should be, seeing as there's a big financial commitment involved."
Cresswell is an extremely talented player whose time at Leeds United, following a £1.5 million move, has been blighted by injury. He made an early start to the pre-season's training but obviously the persistent knee problems haven’t cleared up. Cresswell was on the subs bench against Burnley on Saturday so he is fit to play but not one hundred percent fit.
Hull City had no problem signing Michael 'Sicknote' Bridges, who spent three, highly paid, years on the treatment table at Thorp Arch before abandoning us in our hour of need - but by the time Hull City got him he had already proved his fitness with a successful season at Carlisle United. Similarly, Hull City signed their home-town boy Nicky Barmby from Leeds United, but not before he had received a million pound pay-off of the remaining time on his Leeds United contract - is their a pattern developing here?
Maybe if Leeds United give Richard Cresswell expensive medical treatment for another year and then paid off the remaining time on his contract Hull will continue to do us favours and take him off our hands for, say, £300,000?
Football is about big money and business is all about taking risks. Hull City don't seem to be happy with either of these facts but it’s about time Hull City stood on their own financial feet and stopped waiting for hand-me-downs from Leeds United!
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