As the start of the Premiership season draws closer most clubs have launched their new kits throughout the summer and everyone has been debating and discussing the new designs. As last years kit review was a popular article I decided to repeat it and as always there are some that are cool and some that are just dreadful…I think you all know which kits I am talking about.
Arsenal are in their last season under the Nike sponsorship so they have decided to keep their home shirt for another year but change their away shirt back to a more traditional yellow and blue after last season’s experiment with purple. The new kit has been well received by fans who welcome back the colours they are used to and it is also reminiscent of the Invincibles kit.
Aston Villa have made a few changes to their kit this year as they enter into their second season with Macron designing their kits. The new kit sports a blue stripe down the side of the traditional claret coloured home shirt and a change in collar with the removal of the white lapel and replaced with claret and blue stripes. The away kit has been much debated amongst Villa fans with the general consensus is that the colours are awful and they aren’t happy about having a home kit colour on the away shirt either. The green away kit from last year has been replaced by a white and claret squared shirt, but it looks like a shirt that would often be used by the lower league teams.
Cardiff have gone for an all red kit with white detail for their debut in the Premiership but the concerning thing about their home kit is that the colours of the shirt and shorts don’t match, they are two different types of red which looks strange. This isn’t as controversial as last year’s kit after the club changed sponsor to Puma and they completely changed the colour of the kit from blue to red and black despite the clubs nickname ‘the bluebirds’ but it is still far from being a decent Premier League kit.
Winner of last year’s kit review the Blues’ have gone back to basics with their simple blue home kit. Last years kit was decorated with gold after they won the Champion’s League and this year they have replaced that with white striping. They have changed their badge back to their traditional one instead of the blue and gold one they had on the previous one and replaced the round neck collar with a v-neck. Many fans didn’t like the changes in the away kit last year mostly because of the light blue stripe instead of their normal Chelsea blue but Adidas have come out with an impressive design this year with a white shirt with blue piping on the sleeves and a simple blue and red stripe across the front.
Crystal Palace make a return to the Premiership with two new kits designs and both are pretty different to the previous ones. The home kit has changed from being a dark red and blue striped to a shirt with two halves-one each colour and a yellow trim rather like Blackburn’s home shirt. The away shirt is black with a red and blue stripe going diagonal across the front which is rather like the one they had in 2007, it’s a nice kit and looks different but fans will get used to it.
Everton haven’t made many changes to their new home kit other than adding a white collar and hoops to the sleeves, the biggest change is to the badge and fans have complained so much already that it could possibly be scrapped next year, they would prefer the club to stick with their original design. The away however has had a huge makeover and it is one of the more appealing to the eye than some of the kits released this summer, the new blue and yellow away kit has a stripe across the front and on the sleeves with a V-neck.
Fulham have changed Sponsor as well as kit supplier this season so they have a fresh new home and away kit now designed by Adidas. They have kept their traditional black and white home kit but have opted for stripes on the sleeves and a black deep V-neck. The away shirt has been transformed from that nasty orange one into a classy red and white shirt with a retro feel to it.
For their return to the Premiership Hull have brought back their stripes for their home kit and the huge changes are welcomed by most fans as it looks so much more smarter. The home kit is still orange and black but with thick stripes and their away kit has been changed to a darker blue with red and white detail.
After the away shirt with the tattoo sleeves last season I thought Warrior would have played it safe with their designs this year but apparently not. The Reds have continued with their traditional home kit colour this season which has faded stripes and they have also added embroidered Eternal Flames on the nape section of the shirt with the 96 logo to commemorate the Hillsborough tragedy. The away kits leave a lot to be desired and have been discussed all summer, the first one is a white shirt with black and red marks that look like tyre tracks or it has also been likened to ‘a game of Space Raiders’ and the second one is similar to those eye puzzles and the players have to wear odd socks.
City have switched over from Umbro to Nike this season but they have played it safe only changing the collar and cuffs from navy blue to white with a blue stripe. Their away kit has changed entirely from maroon red to two-tone grey and black with a gold trim and a tighter fit and they have also gone back in history and paid respects to when they first formed by using the same colours as the kits back then, the only issue is that it looks a bit like a ref’s kit.
The Red Devils decided to abolish the picnic blanket pattern for their home kit and instead have replaced it with a stylish plain red shirt with a very smart black collar which is pinned down with a button at the nape, when unbuttoned the collar comes up to reveal a gingham grey pattern. This is a huge improvement on their previous attempt, however they have brought the picnic blanket effect to their away kit, the white kit has been replaced with a blue and black tartan shirt with a new white badge, not one of Nike’s strongest designs in my opinion.
After the much debated switch in sponsor from Virgin Money to Wonga this summer I think Magpie fans are getting used to their new kit. There haven’t been many changes but a blue stripe has been added to the traditional black and white stripes and they have a new collar which has a black V with two white stripes, it looks slightly odd but Wonga issues considered it’s a good kit. The away kit is a great looking kit, it is dark blue with light blue trim detail around the top of the shirt, I think it’s one of the best away shirts this season but not to annoy any Newcastle fans it is rather similar to Sunderland’s away kit last year.
The Canaries have stuck to their normal colours but in a more modern design for the new season, their yellow shirt has green sleeves and a panels down the side of the shirt. The away shirt has had a complete change of design but it is exactly the same as the home kit but it is a white shirt with black sleeves. They might not have changed much or been the most inventive with the away shirt but both kits look much better than last seasons.
Another one of the much debated kits this season as Southampton eradicate their stripes in favour of a completely new design. Many fans have refused to buy these kits and there was talk of a boycott on one of their main forums and a ‘save our stripes’ campaign but the kits stay for this season at least so the fans will have to get used to it. The home kit is now plain red with the traditional Adidas stripes on the shoulders and white sleeves and the away kit might redeem the designers as it is a very classy black strip with white stripes on the shoulders and white trim on the sleeves.
Under new contract with Adidas Stoke haven’t changed much about their home kit but they are sporting a brand new away kit, the black shirt with yellow and white detail replaces their traditional blue and red striped kit. It looks a bit like a training shirt and it has also been compared to a goalkeeping shirt.
Sunderland like Stoke have also made minor changes to their home kit but they have a brand new design and change of colour to their away kit. They have swapped the blue for yellow and navy blue with red trim and the colours all look smart, it probably would have looked better without the red.
Micheal Laudrup’s team are under new sponsorship from Chinese company Goldway so the first thing you notice on the kits is the logo as it’s different. Both kits have undergone changes, the classy gold and white home kit has been replaced by a black and white kit which is slightly less aesthetically pleasing but not as bad as some of the other designs this year. Their away kit has been changed to yellow and purple with a zig-zag type pattern which doesn’t really go too well, it looks rather like purple mountains in sunshine.
Tottenham have gone for a retro look as they return to wearing navy blue shorts which is reminiscent of their 60′s kit, they have gone for a slim-frit shirt with changes to the collar, sleeves and also the logo as HP return as sponsors for the first time since 1999. With the addition of the navy shorts it is actually a smarter looking kit. They away shirt is light blue with dark blue detail on the shoulder and the sleeves. The HP logo matches the navy blue detail on this shirt and it seems to be very popular with the fans.
The Baggies had the great idea of launching their new kit using players from the past and present, the new kit just has the stripes in a different order and minor changes to the sleeves and collar. The away kit is red and black striped which can be compared to Ac Milan’s but it looks good especially with the stripe difference on the sleeves.
The Hammers new kits are sporting a lighter clue colour on both home and away as Adidas return to designing their kits for the first time since the 80′s. The home kit still remain claret and blue and has stripes on the shoulder and the away kit is white with claret details on the sleeves but the white shirt is paired with light blue shorts which are awful and don’t go with the kit. Both kits have a distinct similarity to the last kits Adidas designed for West Ham.
As you will have seen throughout the review a lot of designs this year are a modern take on previous kits giving them a rejuvenated look whilst creating the nostalgia from previous years. There are a lot of smart new kits and some they have been debated about all summer. Here are my top 3 kits and my worst 3 kits.
Top 3 Kits
1.Everton Away kit
2. Chelsea Away kit
3. Arsenal Away kit
Worst 3 kits
1. Liverpool Away kit
2. Cardiff City Home kit
3. Manchester United Away Kit
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