2 August 2007 :: by
Simba & Mojo
Stoke City have gone where Hull City feared to tread and signed Richard Cresswell from Leeds United, according to BBC Radio Stoke. Leeds United striker Cresswell, scored 11 goals in 44 appearances for Leeds United following a £1.5 million move from Preston in 2005, but those bald facts do not reveal the truth that the striker has been carrying injuries for virtually the whole time at Elland Road. Additionally Cresswell delivered a lot of goals for the other strikers and could be a big influence when he came of the bench.
The Leeds United forward line is a lot poorer for Richard leaving and the Leeds supporters never saw what the striker at his best.
Manager Tony Pulis told Stoke City's website:
"I wasn't aware of his availability until I got a call the other day. There have been a number of clubs after him. I am absolutely delighted to be signing him. I think he is a top player and a very hard worker and has great finishing ability."
No mention in his statement of the medical problem which dissuaded Hull City from completing a deal for the Bridlington-born striker just yesterday.
Dennis Wise has now seen his top three strikers leave; David Healy, Robbie Blake and Richard Cresswell. Of course Leeds lost Rob Hulse to Sheffield United last season too. Unless Wise can sign players soon he will be left with Jermaine Beckford and Tresor Kandol as his main stirke pairing! The fitness and future of Tore Andre Flo is uncertain and Leon Constatnine has been playing and training with the squad but may sign for Leeds' League One rivals Crewe Alexandra this week if the Football League continue to withold Leeds United's golden share, and thereby prevent the Whites from signing players.
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