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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Premier League 2016-17: All Teams Kits Ratings (Best and Worst)



Chelsea were among the first clubs to unveil their new strip for the 2016-17 Premier League campaign
Some clubs have revealed a third kit, as well as a new home and away strip
Clubs have wear their new kits when the top flight season starts on August 13


The new Premier League season carries a huge weight of hope and excitement for the fans. Very occasionally a fairytale story happens, just like that of Leicester's last term.

However, the summer break gives the fans a chance to get a taste of their clubs' strips for the new campaign.

For some, it's a case of getting to the nearest sport shop as soon as possible and grabbing the shirt off the rail. For others, it's quite the opposite when they are left horrified by their team's new kit.

With that in mind, we have taken a look at every single Premier League strip for the new season and given them a rating out of 10.


ARSENAL


HOME KIT

The new strip is actually very nice but is somewhat ruined by the rather pointless stripe right down the middle of the shirt.

The red band going down the side of the shorts adds a good effect and the decision to don red socks will sit well with the Arsenal fans.

They should be rather happy with the home strip but would definitely appreciate it even more if they saw Riyad Mahrez and Alexandre Lacazette in it come the beginning of the season. RATINGS 7/10

AWAY KIT

This kit seems to look better every time you see it.

The yellow and grey has that traditional feel about it as it's similar to the one worn during 2005-06 - when they reached the Champions League final - and the 2006-07 season.

Arsenal and PUMA have done well with this one and will be hoping the current crop of players go on a similar run in the Champions League this season. And they always qualify for the last 16, you may have heard them mention that fact over the years. RATINGS 8/10

THIRD KIT

No. The big fluorescent yellow stripe down the side of the shirts and shorts and the bright yellow socks really doesn't work.

Future lessons Arsenal, don't ever use neon yellow again. RATINGS: 4/10


BOURNEMOUTH



HOME KIT

It was easy to like Bournemouth last season - they won over plenty of admirers - and the new kit is pretty inoffensive too.

The only real difference from 2015-16 is the black stripes now go all the way up to the top of the shirt.

It's a safe bet from the Cherries. RATINGS 6/10

AWAY KIT

Now this is very different to their previous away kit. As well as a colour change from blue and black to blue and lighter blue, the design has changed.

The pattern isn't quite right though. They've gone for blue hoops with white rims on the edge of the shirt.

This kit could make its debut at West Ham - where they ran out 4-3 winners last season - on August 20. RATINGS 5/10

THIRD KIT

What is it with Premier League clubs and their bright, loud colours? Rather extreme don't you think?

Lime green dominates the shirt and the shorts with black shoulder panels and trims. At least the shorts are just simple and black, with a little lime.

We all know lime and football don't go. RATINGS 3/10

 
BURNLEY 

 
HOME KIT

Claret and blue - we didn't see that coming. PUMA again are the designers and the kit has been kept fairly simple, which will please fans.

Burnley have returned to white shorts, which was the colour when they last got relegated so they're clearly not superstitious. They have also retained their white socks. RATINGS 6/10

AWAY KIT

Again nice and simple - like the home kit turned inside out. Kind of.The shorts and socks are dominated by navy blue, with claret stripes on the socks. RATINGS 6/10


CHELSEA

 
HOME KIT

Chelsea were one of the first teams to reveal their new home strip - anything to take attention away from what went on in 2015-16.

Again, pretty similar to last year but there are notable differences. A woven-in lion from the club crest and adidas stripes all the way down the inside of the shirt.

Although many Chelsea fans have called it the 'pyjama top' in the past, it could grow on them and there are many good features. RATINGS 8/10

AWAY KIT

Here we go again - more luminous colour. 

There are yellow stripes on the shoulders of the players, which stand out, all for the wrong reasons.

But it's a slightly better neon kit than Bournemouth and Arsenal's third strip. RATINGS 5/10

THIRD KIT


Less is more. Take note Premier League clubs.

The simple white kit with a tad of royal blue around the neck and sleeves is easy on the eye. Is it too late to swap the away for the third? RATINGS 7/10

CRYSTAL PALACE


 
HOME KIT

There haven't been many Crystal Palace home kits down the years with a blue as dominant as this, but praise must go to designers Macron for the new twist.

Palace have donned variations of the red and blue stripes since 1973 when they were introduced by legendary boss Malcolm Allison.

The shorts and socks will also be predominately blue as has been the case since 2011. RATINGS 7/10

AWAY KIT

The away kit really isn't in the same league as the home one. The vertical strip going down the away version last season looks much better than the diagonal effort this year.

The diagonal stripe splits the jersey and this one is likely to divide opinions as well. Personally, I preferred last season's stripe - straight down the middle. RATINGS 5/10

EVERTON


 
HOME KIT

Everton's new home kit is inspired by Goodison Park. On the back of the neck of the new shirt is the coordinates of the stadium. What will they think of next?

Staying in touch with Everton's famous ground, the criss-cross architectural signature of Archibald Leitch, who designed the Bullens Road stand, can also be found on the shirt.

The design itself is very similar to last season's, apart from the yellow trim on the sleeve. All in all, it gets a solid rating from us. RATINGS 6/10

AWAY KIT

The away kit draws inspiration from their first title-winning campaign in 1890-91. A proud moment for anyone who can remember it. No?

Very similar to their home kit, with the only difference being the colours. Dark blue, salmon (yes, salmon) trims. RATINGS 6/10

THIRD KIT

As though both home and away kits look little more similiar, but the 3rd one looks absolutely unique, with bot yellow and blue colors, just similiar to thier earlier kits, tis version suits both good and bad for fans, the design is familiar to other umbro team's kits. but total it is good. RATINGS 6/10

HULL CITY

 

HOME KIT

Hull are back playing with England's top clubs and to mark their return they have brought back the white trim on the neck and cuffs.

White appears on their home shirt for the first time in 10 years. However, the white doesn't suit the predominant and surrounding colours of amber and black.

The question remains, will they beat relegation wearing this kit? Time will tell. RATINGS 6/10

AWAY KIT

A much simpler design than their traditional home kit but with the same black and amber shades.

To celebrate the extended partnership with the Tigers Trust, the charity's logo will feature on the front during their first four pre-season matches. Players will then sign these shirts and they will be donated to the Trust. RATINGS 6/10

LEICESTER CITY





HOME KIT

Now to the Premier League champions. What a story and one that will be told indefinitely. Their fans won't care what kit they wear this season - they're still revelling in THAT fairytale.

But to celebrate their historic achievement, the new design will see them proudly don the gold Premier League patch.

It doesn't stop here though. A geometric jacquard pattern is used on the body and sleeves rather than plain blue while a gold stripe features on both the shirt and shorts. Just champion. RATINGS 9/10

AWAY KIT

Red has been the dominant colour of Premier League champions - Manchester United and Arsenal battled it out for years.

PUMA said the new colour and design are in tribute to the players' fearlessness in their remarkable campaign.

The shirt is punctuated with subtle stripes but these run diagonally, fading to create a lighter red at the bottom.

The last time Leicester wore red away from home, they miraculously escaped relegation, going on their superb run at the end of the season. What will happen this year, another push for the Premier League title or a scrap in the bottom half? RATINGS 8/10

THIRD KIT

Leicester are synonymous with their usual royal blue attire but Claudio Ranieri's side will wear the new white strip whenever they play away against opponents whose jerseys feature blue and red.

Leicester say the jersey is based on the 1983-84 season, when Gary Lineker scored 22 goals.

Also, if the Premier League champions face Barcelona in the Champions League, this would be the kit they would wear. Lionel Messi, you have been warned. RATINGS 7/10

LIVERPOOL




HOME KIT

Same again? Almost. There is very little change to Liverpool's home strip, other than a buttoned-style collar complete with a gold trim.

It's only a minor part of the kit but the gold really suits the red and Jurgen Klopp's men will hope they can push for a Champions League spot next season wearing this.

New Balance are again the supplier with Standard Chartered continuing as the main sponsor. VERDICT 7/10

AWAY KIT

Liverpool's away strip is inspired by their first European victory in 1977 - the colours are from the official programme design.

It consists of a silver neck trim, with Standard Chartered also in silver, to add a strong effect. The kit also features red stripes down the side of the shirt.

This could get an early outing when they play at Arsenal on the opening weekend. VERDICT 6/10

THIRD KIT

This should come with a warning. Yet again another fluorescent strip. But like the away kit - it harks back to a European triumph.

Not the most popular choice - check out Twitter, Facebook and the other social media platforms fans (and rival fans) go to let rip.

This one is based on the programme from the 2001 UEFA Cup victory over Alaves in Dortmund. VERDICT 3/10

MANCHESTER CITY



HOME KIT

Promoting the strip on their website, City claimed: 'Befitting Guardiola’s renowned attention to detail, the club’s new match and training apparel incorporates cutting-edge Nike AeroSwift technology designed to enhance mobility, reduce weight and remove the distractions that hamper performance.'

It's not just light blue - there's a darker blue as well. Guardiola's men will wear white socks next season. RATINGS 7/10

AWAY KIT

Exactly the same design as the home strip but if it comes down to colour - this one takes second prize.

With a nod to history, it's inspired by the worker bee which has been synonymous with the city of Manchester since the late 19th century.

All three colours of black, burgundy and yellow feature but let's be honest, it's not a great combination. RATINGS 4/10

MANCHESTER UNITED


 
HOME KIT

The home shirt features a line directly down the middle of it, with one side a crimson red colour and the other a scarlet red.

Adidas say the two-tone design evokes the yellow and green Newton Heath kit of 1878.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks good in anything so it won't matter to him. RATINGS 8/10

AWAY KIT

Blue has often been used for their change colours in recent years but this time it's for going away.

It's quite T-shirty, collegiate blue and features three red stripes going down the shoulders and on to the arms.

There is also a 'Red Devils' detail visible on the inside of the shirt. Solid.

And Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks good in anything so it won't matter to him. RATINGS 8/10

THIRD KIT

It's a hat-trick - we like this one too. During Jose Mourinho's first year in charge of the club, the team will wear a white kit, designed with grey stripes, collars and a dotted design down the shoulders and arms.

United have returned to their past with this pure white shirt with dark trim. They will be hoping they can return to the Champions League and push for the Premier League title this season.

Oh, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks good in anything so it won't matter to him. RATINGS 7/10

MIDDLESBROUGH




HOME KIT

Middlesbrough haven't been in the top flight since 2009 and their first home kit back features predominant red on the shirt, with white stripes down the shoulders and a diagonal white panel on the lower half of the shirt.

Like a club comedian, there's also a bit of blue which hasn't been seen on their home kit since 2000.

A perfectly good kit is slightly ruined by the large white panel across the shirt. RATINGS 6/10

AWAY KIT

Now this kit should gain a fair bit of praise compared to the home strip. Like the Chelsea and Manchester United strips, the adidas stripes feature down the side of the shirt.

The navy combines well with the indigo and bright cyan colours. Adidas have also pulled off the Chevron well and Middlesbrough players should be happy with their away kit this season. RATINGS 8/10

SOUTHAMPTON

 
 
HOME KIT

Southampton are all set for a new look this season, with a change of manager and a shake-up of their playing squad following the departures of Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama.

Also, their kit differs quite significantly, now by Under Armour and their traditional red and white stripes are complimented by navy blue on the collar and the cuff.

The home strip gets a strong rating, because it has combined quite a complex design well with the colours. RATINGS 7/10

AWAY KIT

There was a time a grey kit caused all sorts of trouble at Southampton. But that was a Manchester United one.

This is Saints' and it's simply a duller version of the home effort.

Still, we've seen worse.  RATINGS 6/10

STOKE CITY


 
HOME KIT

Macron has taken over as kit supplier from Warrior sports, however, the actual home strip hasn't changed all too much from last season's kit. Red and white stripes, quelle surprise.

A slight change is the white collar.

Stoke will be hoping to push further up the table this season after a disappointing end to their campaign. RATINGS 6/10

AWAY KIT

Soon after the unveiling of their red-and-white strip, the away kit was revealed. Baby-blue, it catches the eye much more then the home kit.

This shirt features an embossed S, which featured on the Stoke's first-ever kit back in 1882.

There is also a drop of red on the collar and a white and red tab to the back of the neck.  RATINGS 7/10

SUNDERLAND


 
HOME KIT

Sunderland's home kit is very similar to the one they wore last season, when they just survived relegation under Sam Allardyce.

Big Sam is off to bigger and better things but the same old strip design stays. The only difference is the red sleeves and black trim being replaced by the mighty gold.

In fairness, the kit is far from bad but come on, it could have changed a bit more from last season's strip. RATINGS 6/10

THIRD KIT

Bold. Maybe this purple and pink monstrosity takes the attention away from the football.

Their eye-watering new jersey designed by adidas has horizontal stripes on the torso topped with thin diagonal lines of the alternate colour over each strip.

The colours are the problem here and new manager David Moyes will be hoping their football attracts more headlines than their kit next season. RATINGS 3/10

SWANSEA CITY


 
HOME KIT

It's out with adidas as Joma take over supplying the Welsh club's matchday gear and they start by releasing a new design which is perhaps the simplest since the club's top-flight promotion in 2011.

Their very plain new home strip is easy on the eye and their large sponsor logo is the main thing that really grabs the fans attention.

Rather effective but possibly the plainest strip in the Premier League this season? They'll never keep it clean though. Very white. RATINGS 6/10

AWAY KIT

For those who like a bit more colour, then maybe this is the kit for you. Swansea's away strip features an electric blue colour fading into a shade of navy.

The fade links well into the navy shorts too and in a design which can often tread a fine line between tacky and stylish, Joma have produced a neat change strip.

Even though the simple home kit has its pros, the away kit definitely gets the higher rating here. RATINGS 8/10

TOTTENHAM


 
HOME KIT

As Mauricio Pocchetino's men look forward to the Champions League this campaign, they have revealed a new home, away and third kit.

Now the club have got rid of that diagonal stripe which seemed to cover their previous kit, the home strip looks better.

The gold, which is on all three kits, is a nod to the cockerels placed on the stands at White Hart Lane. Cock-a-doodle-doo. RATINGS 6/10

AWAY KIT

Quite a number of Premier League teams are wearing a bit of gold this season. Maybe they all believe they can win some silverware.

The away kit is much better than their home one, as the navy blue and gold sits well.

Spurs, who are poised to leave the ground temporarily at the end of the season as they begin upgrading the stadium in time for the 2018-19 campaign, will be hoping they perform well in this strip this season.RATINGS 8/10

THIRD KIT

But you can have too much of a good thing and they've overcooked the gold here.

Maybe this third kit would have done a bit better in the ratings, if it also didn't have those blue stripes down the shirt. RATINGS 4/10

WATFORD




HOME KIT

After the rather eccentric black and yellow stripes seen on the home kit last season, it's back to basics for Watford.

The collar, with black and red combining, and the buttons slightly let this shirt down.

However, it's a better strip than last year's and Watford will hope for another successful year this season. RATINGS 7/10

AWAY KIT

The exact replica of Watford's home shirt with white replacing the traditional yellow.

Canadian company Dryworld, who are only six years old, are the designers and while the white away strip lacks imagination it's certainly not a bad first effort.

Again, to be really picky, the collar just doesn't sit right. RATINGS 6/10

WEST BROMWICH ALBION


 
HOME KIT

Tony Pulis' men, unsurprisingly, will wear their traditional combination of navy blue and white stripes.

But there's a new twist to the home shirt as for the first time in over 130 years, light blue will feature as a trim colour.

Well, a change is as good as a holiday and 130 years is a long time. Embrace it, Baggies, embrace it. RATINGS 6/10

AWAY KIT

Remember that West Brom kit from a couple of years ago that left fans in a fury? You know, when years of traditional stripes on the home shirt all of a sudden were switched to pin-stripes.

It's pin-stripes again but at least it's only the away shirt eh?

To be fair, it's pretty slick and adidas know you can't go wrong with cyan. RATINGS 8/10

WEST HAM UNITED


 
HOME KIT

The home strip sticks to the club's traditions and looks very similar to the one worn last season as they said farewell to Upton Park.

Claret and blue. Well, what did you expect?

West Ham will be hoping for a successful campaign in their new home shirt during their first season away from Upton Park. RATINGS 6/10

AWAY KIT

It's all change down at West Ham, with regards to their away kit.

The away kit to be worn when the team are on the road is based on the past glories of the 1980 FA Cup final victory and best ever top-flight season in 1986.

The stitching under the crest reads 'Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 2016-17' , to mark their move to the Olympic Stadium. RATINGS 6/10

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