With the season now underway, we’ve decided to compile a list of the Premier League home strips on show this season. Ranked from worst to best, this will be a rundown and review of all 20 potential Premier League kits for 2016-17.
20 – Chelsea
How could this not be last? It’s all looking okay with the smart white collar standing proudly against the royal Chelsea blue, and the all blue sleeves contrasting the white Adidas stripes which run nicely down the side of the kit. However, Adidas have seemingly ruined a smart kit with the Pyjama-esque ‘Chelsea lions’ being printed all over the kit in a slightly darker blue. It most likely won’t be too noticeable on the pitch, but up close it certainly looks stupid.
19 – Crystal Palace
Palace have made a big mistake here, with a kit design that is almost a replica of the one League 2’s Dagenham and Redbridge ditched in 2011. Moving away from their traditional stripy style, Macron have opted for a singular, gigantic stripe, which looks overly forced and brings a bold ugliness to what should have been a simple yet effective style of kit.
18 – Man Utd
Liking this kit would seemingly require an extremely niche taste or a blind loyalty to Man Utd. Something of which I have neither of, apparently. The two-tone style can be effective when done correctly, but here is a prime example of how it can just look a mess. The unnecessary alternating sleeve shade and the rather inexplicable hexagonally-patterned zigzag line down the middle. The iconic white stripes running down the side won’t save you this time, Adidas.
17 – Stoke
It can be hard to differentiate yourselves when your team is one of three tin the league to have the same starting kit concept of red and white stripes, and I think Macron can be accused of trying too hard to do this. Attempting to build upon New Balance’s simplistic style from last season, they’ve added an over-the-top collar design, featuring red and white stripes at the black and needless blue details on the front, aswell as adopting an old-fashioned solid white block to accommodate the name and number on the back.
16 – Watford
Watford’s new manufacturer ‘Dryworld’ may have been viewed as a step down from Puma, and their new home shirt doesn’t do much to deter this opinion. Quite possibly an attempt to create a ‘retro’ style kit, it features all three traditional Watford colours, and a buttoned collar. With the golden shade of yellow being sickly to look at, and Dryworld may have created kit that is more nauseating than nostalgic.
15 – Burnley
Puma have made a bit of a mess here. The traditional Burnley claret and blue kit comes with a similar sleeve design to last season, with a blue stripe meeting a blue hoop in what seems like an attempt to look modern or contemporary. The blue arrowed block beneath the sleeve makes the design look even more unusual, and the collar is also questionable.
14 – Arsenal
The recently released Arsenal kit displays a modern, black detailed outline, which works well on the white sleeves, but the whole kit is overshadowed by a pointless darker red line down the centre. The kit is proof that the smallest things can still ruin kits with great potential.
13 – West Ham
West Ham’s new kit very similar to last seasons, but with some added detail regarding The Olympic Stadium. The words ‘Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 2016-17’ underneath the new, old-style badge is a nice touch, however the design looks to be the exact same from last year, but with a claret and white Union Jack pattern on the sleeve, which could possibly be down to the connections with Great Britain’s Olympics team.
12 – Spurs
There were mixed feelings towards this kit. The white, dark blue and gold colour scheme is pretty classy works very well as the collar and sleeve trimmings, however the heavy shoulder design looks a little out of place on a modern kit, and Under Armour maintain their ability for splitting opinions when it comes to boot and kit designs.
11 – Southampton
Southampton became the second Premier League team to opt for Under Armour as their kit manufacturer, and it’s safe to say the American company have split opinion once again. The black sleeve detail works quite well, but the over-noticeable white chest block may divide the views of a few fans. Although the stripes work well, the kit would probably work better with slightly subtler detail.
10 – Sunderland
Sunderland released their kit relatively early on, and it is one that they can take some pride in. The plain red shoulders and sleeves are and improvement on the red/black/gold/white design they had there last season which all looked a bit much. They’ve also neatened up the white stripes and have taken on a stylish gold trim for the collar and Adidas stripes on the sleeves.
9 – Hull
Umbro have delivered Hull City a retro-striped style football kit, that wouldn’t look out of place on a mid 90s Juventus kit had the stripes been white. The material may look a touch silky, but the shade of orange looks really nice against the black, and the white collar may look strange, but it does add that extra touch of personality. I reckon they’ll just be glad that it isn’t sponsored by Flamingo Land though.
8 – Liverpool
New Balance have made a decent kit here. The blending of the red ‘hooped’ design is done very well, adding a nice subtle touch to a simple kit, unlike the attempts of Adidas and Puma with Man Utd and Arsenal. However, the slightly off looking yellow/gold details don’t work as well as a traditional white could have, and the single button on the collar continues to look weirder the more you study it.
7 – Swansea
Spanish kit brand Joma have come in and immediately produced a better Swansea home kit than Adidas have in recent years. The cool, crisp and classic all-white design, with no unnecessary details is really effective here, giving the kit a pure feel to it. Complete with a smart collar, and a sponsor logo that doesn’t do the kit any injustices.
6 – Middlesbrough
It may be a slightly controversial design for recently promoted Borough, but in my opinion it really works. Adidas have taken a gamble with the large, slightly diagonal bar coming across the lower half of the top, but I think the feat of tripling a white stripe with blue and red either side of it and NOT making it look like Colgate toothpaste is a smart enough accomplishment in itself. However cool it is, it may not provide a refreshing, minty aftertaste for all of its fans.
5 – Leicester
A really nice kit, Puma have nailed the two-tone blue design in the background, which gives the top a silky, sleek and stylish look. They have also got the golden shoulder decals spot on, not overwhelmingly bold, but not scarce enough to go unnoticed. The dapper collar bodes well with this elegant kit that truly is fit for Champions.
4 – Everton
Simple and neat, flashy in moderation, finished off with a slightly ineffective attempt to be overly intricate. Nope I’m not describing Aaron Lennon, this is Everton’s new home strip. The bright yellow/white sleeve trim is eye catching and not overly dazzling and works well against the dignified shade of blue. The criss-cross pattern at the bottom might need some explaining, but Ronald Koeman’s men will surely be happy in displaying this proud Umbro design next season.
3 – Man City
City’s kit release confirmed leaked images of a dark-blue sleeved kit that surfaced over the last month or so. It may be another of Nike’s repetitive kit templates, but the dark blue sleeves against the City-style sky-blue is certainly something new, and looks to work really well. Also boasting their revised traditional badge, the kit is finished off dark stripes transcending down both sides, and promises to be a stylish kit for City fans and Guardiola’s men.
2 – Bournemouth
JD have made a massive improvement on last year’s kit. They’ve minimised the stripe sizes from last season and removed the black bar along the top, and the results are very classy indeed. The Milan-esque kit is completed by a smart, black collar, and I’m sure Bournemouth fans are very impressed by this high-scoring kit.
1 – West Brom
They may have had an extremely questionable kit reveal (look it up), and I have no idea how I’d pronounce that sponsor, but Adidas have still managed to produce a truly stunning kit. The ditching of the blue Adidas stripes along the shoulder and the removal of the red-patterned trims have really stripped this kit down to its pure and simple basics. The subtle sky-blue details add a graceful flair, in stark contrast to the Baggies playing style.
By Dan Grimes, TFN Columnist on 31/08/2016 at 17:49
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