Premier League home kits for the 2021/22 season
A quick public service announcement before we start: The Premier League home kits for this season are a disgrace for the beautiful game.
Huge, ugly sponsors and just bored kit designers have tarnished what should be a celebratory season as fans flock to the stadiums in droves.
Luckily, there are some nice outdoor and third party kits to enjoy – although they will be filed at a later date. In the meantime, here is 90 minutes final ranking of each Premier League home shirt for the 2021/22 season.
Pros: It’s blue in some places
Cons: my eyes are bleeding
As someone who loves a bold, daring design, I really tried to love this kit. Well, as strong as a Spurs fan can force himself to try and admire a Chelsea kit, anyway. But it’s just too wacky for the sake of being wacky. An adjustment that is not worthy of the European champions.
Cons: I prefer not to talk
Okay, the cat is out of the bag that I support Spurs, but I can admire a good Arsenal kit when I see one – the first two home kits from Adidas since taking over from Puma in 2019 were magnificent. This one, a borderless attempt to reverse Ajax’s famous colors, is anything but.
Pros: It pays homage to the city’s waterfront
Cons: Belongs to the waterfront
Kit designers around the world decided a few years ago that the trendy color combination is blue with yellow. Unless you’re Boca Juniors, it doesn’t work. Grow.
Pros: Simon from The Inbetweeners will buy it by bucket
Cons: He’s a fictional TV character
Leeds fans who can’t afford their new kit can make one of last season’s one by running a highlighter over the adidas stripes and cutting off the collar a bit. Problem solved.
Pros: The design of the digital clock is unique to say the least
Cons: Puma used a watermelon to measure the width of the collar
Man City have paid tribute to Sergio Aguero’s last minute title winner 10 seasons ago with a digital clock pattern and the time of his goal against QPR printed inside. What a pity that they cannot replace it …
Pros: Not the most offensive Norwich kit I’ve ever seen
Cons: Yellow and green will always be a horrible combo
Teemu Pukki there, looking like the lead guitarist of a Scandinavian heavy metal band. I’d rather talk about him than the kit he’s wearing.
Pros: he looks smart
Cons: it looks like all other Brighton kits out there
Okay, last season Brighton pushed the boat with their pinstripe tape. But now, they’ve reverted to the status quo and are underperforming their expected drip (xD).
Pros: It’s daring, that’s for sure
Cons: Jack Grealish won’t wear it
Sorry for the low blow, Villa fans, but an open goal is an open goal. I hope Grealish’s many replacements will have no problem converting.
Pros: Smart and straightforward for their Premier League debut
Cons: Partly white collar looks like a bib that can unfold
The Bees are finally in the deep end, and I’m slightly disappointed that a club as innovative as Brentford has played it safe for their first Premier League campaign. Umbro should have let maverick Thomas Frank design the kit while still drunk on their playoff victory.
Pros: A tribute to a classic Newcastle number
Cons: Once you see Giant 4, you can’t see it anymore
Castore’s logo makes it look like they should be providing spy gear for James Bond. Instead, they’ll provide Geordies with such a close attempt to recreate the famous Newcastle comics from the 1990s.
Pros: Plain White T’s have their new sorted look
Cons: It will cost them £ 90 each
You have to see this kit in its entirety to really admire what Nike tried to do – the simple white shirt with deep navy shorts and socks looks really stylish from a distance. But such lazy effort limits your ranking in this list.
Pros: It’s a West Ham kit, okay
Cons: It’s also an East London Clarets kit
West Ham is returning to Europe, and they are doing it the only way they know how – assuring everyone they meet that they are absoutely West Ham.
Pros: Best of burgundy and blue shirts
Cons: God damn what a horrible color combination
On the contrary, it looks a little nice for a Burnley kit. It’s too elegant – where’s the grain and the grind? Where is the cross of St. George? Where are the worms?
Pros: I admire the risk taken
Cons: Gun to the head, I couldn’t tell you what color the accents are
When writing this list a few weeks ago, Liverpool’s new home kit were in the relegation battle. But after seeing him in action, it could become a classic at Anfield – if the white were replaced with the odd salmon color on the accents, it would definitely be in the title race.
Pros: A delicious remix of a striped kit
Cons: it looks painted on it
Patrick Vieira’s South London Youth Revolution is here, baby, and they’re going to do it in style. Rank it for when they have collected four points in their first 12 games.
Pros: Can still trust adidas to sort Leicester with bold design
Cons: Wouldn’t look out of place as a home kit for Birmingham City
Much like the team itself, Leicester finished fifth in this final ranking. Don’t worry guys I’m sure you’ll be in the top four next year …
Strengths: A kit straight out of the 80s
Cons: The necklace is so large Harry Hill would be proud to wear it
Southampton was so close to perfect with this effort, but it looks as rough as sandpaper and has a few wacky features that keep it from getting on the podium.
Pros: What a beautiful shade of orange
Cons: the wolf on the sock seems to want to get out of its misery
Remember when I said Castore seemed to have to work with 007? That’s what the super spy brings to five. Phwoarrrrr.
Pros: I can’t fault the current kit at all
Disadvantages: “The Mancunian way”? You know there is a better team in Manchester, don’t you?
adidas have released many classic Man Utd jerseys in recent years which has fans thinking “it would be great if the current kits looked this good”. They got their wish.
Pros: It’s bea-uuuuuuuuutiful
Cons: I suddenly want to visit the stake.com site
Watford has announced his return to the Premier League with the best looking home shirt in the division. The patterned horizontal stripes, the fitted collar, the shade of yellow that doesn’t make me want to cry … well done Kelme.
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