Best Premier League 2020/21 kits: every shirt ranked
Next season’s Premier League kits have finally landed. We’re ranking every single home and away shirt which has been released so far.
It’s that time of the year again. Okay, so it might be a little later than usual, but the booming hype is definitely exactly the same.
Now that the Premier League is done and dusted for another year, brands have started unveiling next year’s new football kits and had us quickly reaching for our wallets. More importantly, some clubs are actually using these new strips already, with expiring sponsorship deals meaning they’ve been forced to wear them on-pitch a tad early.
Although we’ve been monitoring all kinds of leaks over the past few months, only a handful of next year’s shirts have been released so far. Even so, we’ve already been treated to a string of incredibly smart designs, with brands becoming a little more experimental in a bid to get their new shirts noticed.
Naturally, there’s only one thing you can do in a situation like this. We’re ranking every single home and away kit of the 2020/21 Premier League season, from the vomit-inducing worst to the heart-fluttering best. Let’s get cracking, then.
PLEASE NOTE: our ranking will be regularly updated as more of next season’s kits are officially released. Make sure to check back and see how your club stacks up in the final table!
15. Tottenham Hotspur - 2020/21 Home
Yikes. This is pretty bad. Spurs home shirts are often criticised for being a bit dull and safe, but there’s just way too much going on here. From the all-over graphic to the chunky sleeve pattern, this pretty much sums up the chaos and haphazardness of Tottenham’s season. Maybe they should dedicate an episode of that Amazon documentary to explain what’s gone wrong here.
It’s actually that bad it could potentially turn into a cult classic in future, especially if Mourinho manages to deliver a trophy next season. Either way, this is such a clunky design, it looks like it’s been taken straight out of a mid-00s version of Pro Evo, and I reckon we should just move on before I need to find a bucket.
14. Manchester City - 2020/21 Home
A swing and a miss. Puma have developed some absolutely stunning patterns over the past few months, but what they’ve produced for Manchester City just doesn’t quite work. Taking inspiration from the mosaics of Manchester’s Northern Quarter was actually a really promising idea, but the end result has sadly become a little cheap and tacky.
You could say it looks like the bottom of a swimming pool, you could joke about their “cracked” relationship with UEFA, but the key factor is that it’s just not a nice-looking football shirt. Maybe this could’ve been saved by dark colours in the cracks, possibly even continuing the pattern onto the shoulders or the back of the shirt. Sigh.
Still, at least Puma have come up with something fresh, and the fact that each shirt features a different pattern is definitely a nice touch. It just looks like a mug you’ve dropped and tried to glue back together.
13. Newcastle United - 2020/21 Home
Some might say this is beautifully simple and to the point, while others might call it a little boring and uninventive. Either way, this would definitely fall under the “vanilla ice cream” section of the supermarket, since there’s absolutely nothing to get too excited (or overly annoyed) about. The “rocky road” stuff is much higher up in this list.
In fairness, there’s not really a whole lot you can do when you’re stuck with an ugly sponsor like that, and this plain design is obviously a result of the last-minute extension to the Puma deal. Considering they will have started putting this together pretty late in the day, this could definitely have been a hell of a lot worse. It’s dull, but at least it’s still relatively smart.
12. Leicester City - 2020/21 Home
Leicester’s new home shirt is sadly a whole load of “meh”. The gold detailing works well with the traditional shade of blue, but it still looks like The Foxes logo has been slapped onto a generic piece of adidas teamwear. Well, I guess that’s basically what’s happened, since this shirt is based on the standard Condivo template.
Of course, plenty of clubs use templated designs, so that’s not always a complete deal-breaker. The problem here is that the template just isn’t very good - although the gold cuffs look pretty smart, the design of the shoulders just makes it all seem a little cheap and generic. I’ll say it once again, just to reiterate: “meh”.
11. West Ham - 2020/21 Away
This is a bit of a mess. It might not be based on a template, but this is one of the simplest bespoke designs you’re likely to see this season, and Umbro have managed to get this all wrong.
Based on the 60s shirt worn by the likes of Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst, their thinking is certainly in the right place, but this just isn’t as strong as other tributes they’ve made in the past to that iconic shirt. It doesn’t come close to their effort from 1993/94.
It’s all about the spacing and positioning of the hoops. What made the original so strong is the fact it looked like a classy band of blue and claret, something which is completely lacking here since the hoops are spaced much further apart. Now it looks like they’re either framing their Betway sponsor or acknowledging the huge gaps often found in their defence.
10. Everton - 2020/21 Home
The first entry in the hummel x Everton partnership was always going to be strong. It may not be as jaw-dropping as the Danish brand’s strongest work, but this is a clean, slick and stylish effort which keeps things simple and, admittedly, a little safe.
I’m unsure whether Cazoo are a manufacturer of annoying whistles, delicious milkshakes or (most likely) something completely different, but the white text of the sponsor sits nicely beside that subtle stripe graphic - which is inspired by the club’s famous Z-Cars anthem. A solid kit, but by no means anything spectacular.
9. Wolves - 2020/21 Home
It’s almost cheating when you can play with colours like this. The new Wolves kit might be based on a generic template, but it’s a template which just so happens to look fantastic in gold and black. The black sleeves might not be for everyone, but there’s no question this will look pretty darn bold out on the pitch next season.
Just like last season, however, it’s impossible not to notice the impact of that ManBetX sponsor, a logo which is up there with the ugliest of all-time. There’s not really a lot adidas can do about that, but this is a club absolutely crying out for a bespoke design which reflects their growing stature in the Premier League. This isn’t terrible, but fans at Molineux are right to expect more.
8. Chelsea - 2020/21 Away
You’ve got to give Nike bonus points for at least trying something a little different. After promising to “ditch the template” a little earlier in the year, the American brand have certainly been a bit braver with their designs, but Chelsea’s adventurous away shirt just doesn’t quite hit the mark.
It might be the enormous sponsor, possibly even the unmistakable pyjama vibe or the fact it would be much better-suited to Coventry City. Either way, the smart collar, cuffs and lovely tweak to the club badge aren’t enough to stop this fading into average mediocrity. Having said that, it’s not as bad as some have made out, and there’ll definitely be worse kits to come this season.
7. West Ham - 2020/21 Home
Marking the 125th anniversary of the club, West Ham’s home kit is undoubtedly very smart - especially if you go for the sponsorless version - but it also feels like a bit of a letdown. The claret and navy combo always looks strong, and Umbro have tweaked the club badge colours to slot in with the design perfectly, even if Betway clearly aren't on the same wavelength and the badge itself remains a shambles.
However, this kit has also sparked an elaborate game of spot-the-difference, since it looks incredibly similar to the home shirt worn in 2015-16. Apart from a twist on the sleeve colour and cuffs, Umbro probably won’t be winning many prizes for originality here, but I guess there's nothing wrong with sticking to tradition every now and then.
6. Chelsea - 2020/21 Home
Yep, that giant 3 is definitely gonna take some getting used to. Look behind that, however, and you can just about make out a deceptively smart football shirt, which is obviously much simpler than the chaotic patterns used last season. Basically, this is a fairly classy yin to last season’s more adventurous yang.
It might not have jaws dropping to floors, but the dark blue trim, bespoke details and subtle herringbone knit are enough to set this apart from some of the rest. Still, that sponsor definitely makes it look like they’re lining up with 11 Marcos Alonso’s - and nobody wants that.
5. Tottenham Hotspur - 2020/21 Away
Even after their Champions League exploits back in 2018/19, it’s still surprising to see Spurs opt for a green away shirt. This is a completely different shade to what they wore on that magical night in Amsterdam and, even though some fans won’t like it, there’s no doubt that Nike have managed to really freshen things up here.
Matching up perfectly with the sponsor logo and club crest, this green colourway comes alongside unique side panels and flashes of bright colour. Although I’m not sure whether this camo-look will turn it into a “change at half-time” job, this is a crisp and clean shirt which is a million miles from their atrocious home kit.
4. Brighton - 2020/21 Home
This is so close to greatness. Although the departure from traditional stripes will probably trigger a few fans, Brighton’s new home kit is sharp enough to split one of Aaron Mooy’s hairs. No matter what you think about the lack of blue and white stripes, this is a refreshing change which sends us all right back to the early 1980s.
It’s just such a massive shame that the pinstripes are interrupted by the American Express logo, and an even bigger shame that they don’t continue onto the back of the shirt. The collar also doesn’t quite hit the nail on the head, but the idea was definitely in the right place and it’s still clean enough to eat your dinner off. Looks good on Adam Lallana, too.
3. West Brom - 2020/21 Home
Possibly one for any self-service checkout enthusiasts out there, I’m a really big fan of West Brom’s new home shirt. While this is a clear throwback to the classic “barcode” shirts of the mid-90s, you’ve got to applaud a brand for freshening up a traditional stripe pattern and delivering a real surprise. "Unexpected item in bagging area", indeed.
Having a boiler company as your sponsor will never look particularly exotic, but the logo actually matches up really well with the varied stripe pattern. The fact that the stripes aren’t symmetrical might make your eye twitch a bit, but this a classy Baggies shirt which is more than worth its place in the Premier League.
2. Arsenal - 2020/21 Home
Yep, adidas have been doing some excellent work for Arsenal. This isn’t as strong as last season’s outstanding home shirt, but it’s a much jazzier sequel which offers something completely different. Last year was all about nostalgia and retro throwbacks, but the Gunners are now following this up with something much fresher.
You can’t really go wrong with white sleeves and a gorgeous shade of red, and it’s the use of that insane “Art Deco” pattern which spices up this traditional Arsenal-look. The graphic continues beautifully onto the back of the shirt, featuring alongside white shoulders, a stylised crest and one of the best fonts you’ll see this season. Some clubs just never miss.
1. Southampton - 2020/21 Home
Brand: Under Armour
Talk about turning things around. Under Armour had an absolute nightmare with Southampton last year (they actually came bottom of our shirt ranking), but now they’ve served up the best Saints home shirt in years. This is probably the greatest comeback since, well, Ralph Hasenhüttl and that 9-0 defeat.
It’s a shame about that hideous sponsor, but even such an ugly logo can’t stop this from looking very classy indeed. You can’t really go wrong with a decent sash, and this is the ultimate throwback to Southampton’s first-ever kit, helping us all travel back to 1885 without need for a rusty old DeLorean.
In fact, their red-on-white third kit is even better, so it’s a shame it doesn’t qualify for this list of home and away shirts. Still, this is pretty special.
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