The 2018-19 Premier League campaign is right around the corner and as is modern football, all 20 clubs will be donning new kits.
Manchester United caused a stir by changing from white shorts to black, while new boys Wolves and Fulham have some of the better kits in the division – according to us.
Here at Planet Football HQ, the four of us have had our say – with no bias now thanks to the lack of any Premier League status among the clubs we support – and we’ve averaged it out, ranking the kits from worst to best.
Universally disliked in the office was United’s new design, which features an at-least-different but sadly not-nice lower third, and black stripes rather than the white that Adidas have generally gone with. The kit placed bottom in two of the four of our rankings, failing to make it out of the bottom three in any.
Manchester United drop their 2018/19 home kit 🔴 pic.twitter.com/SGQ6ljXCiA
— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 17, 2018
This might be slightly harsh as it’s certainly not a horrible kit, but the strange collar and the stripes ending on the chest was a cause of much discontent in the office.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) June 16, 2018
The sleeves, the collar, the red, three out of four of us hated this. The other voted it seventh best so it does have some fans.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 22, 2018
Not awful, not great. If someone told you this was the kit Cardiff wore when they were last in the Premier League, you’d probably believe them.
— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) June 25, 2018
Stripes on the back as well as the front make this decent enough, but the stripes over the shoulders split opinion. Apart from that, it’s just a standard Newcastle kit and invokes no real strong opinion.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 26, 2018
An outlier ranking of second has bumped City’s home kit up to 15th, but there’s something about the collar the other three of us just can’t see past.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 9, 2018
We prefer the away kit, and fades aren’t convincing us at all (see 13. Tottenham), but this is nice enough.
🔴🔵 Palace x @pumafootball 👌
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 9, 2018
The blue detailing on the collar is nice but we can’t help thinking this would simply look better as a plain white below that. .
Spurs and Palace drew on the overall scoring, but three of us ranked Spurs higher.
Shirt alert: Nike have released the new Spurs home and away kits
— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) July 19, 2018
The very faint diagonal design pushes this higher than it would have been otherwise. It’s the little things. We actually approve of the collar, too.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) June 1, 2018
In a modern take on the old Terrier badge, Huddersfield’s design is smart enough. But as always, there’s only so much you can with a striped shirt.
— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) June 8, 2018
Another Umbro kit, this is all well and good until the button comes undone and we immediately dislike it.
— Walcott (@JrMoe_) May 5, 2018
“There’s only so much you can do with a blue kit, at least they’ve done something,” said our Editor, as he ranked Chelsea second. And it does come top out of four all-blue kits.
The stage is lit.
Introducing our 2018/19 @nikefootball home kit!
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 11, 2018
Smart and stylish, managing to make the red not too garish as well. Happy with this.
😍 A debut for the new Nike home kit – like what you see?#BHAFC 🔵⚪️
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 3, 2018
Another club getting a decent Umbro design is Bournemouth, and there’s something about the stripes and sleeve join which fails elsewhere but looks wonderful here.
— Pro Soccer Kits ⚽️ (@prosoccerkits) June 29, 2018
Rankings varied from 12th to first in the office, but this is smart. And helped by a coherent sponsor’s logo, something which is becoming increasingly rare.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) May 25, 2018
There is just something about this that is really, really nice.
— Pro Soccer Kits ⚽️ (@prosoccerkits) July 11, 2018
“Yeah but they’re all gonna wear it with the button undone and it’s gonna look sh*t,” was Rob’s take as he ranked Liverpool’s otherwise popular new home kit 13th. At least we can rely on Adam Lallana and Mo Salah.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 19, 2018
Another skewed by a really disappointing ranking of 12th, the Editor even ranked Watford’s glorious hornet design as the best despite claiming it “wasn’t a Watford kit”. Without that weird ranking of 12th, this would be top – but you can’t please everyone.
— FTS Football (@FromTStands) June 11, 2018
Somehow Wolves has averaged the spot as second best, despite none of us placing it higher than third. It looks nothing like a Wolves kit, but it’s bloody nice. Simple and effective from Adidas, their third entry in the top five.
— Wolves (@Wolves) June 21, 2018
Full disclosure: This was ranked first by two of our four, but sixth and ninth by the others. But using a mean average, it comes out on top. The blue-claret balance is spot on, with white shorts and socks to boot, and the standard collar gets a big old yes from us.
ORDER ONLINE | Get your 2018/19 home kit online now from the Clarets Store…
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) July 16, 2018
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