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 have changde 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 being 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 The green away kit from last year has been replaced by a white and claret squared shirt, but it looks like a shirt that would often be used by the lower league teams.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 kit 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 City 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. Pretty classy stuff.
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.
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