Best Premier League kits 2020/21: 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 just around the corner, brands have been filling the short gap by unveiling next year’s new football kits. More importantly, they've all been bidding to completely outdo each other, leading to designs which make us want to either reach for our wallets or, well, rip our eyes out.
After monitoring all kinds of leaks over the past few months, almost all of next year’s shirts have now been released (just waiting on you, Burnley). With brands becoming a little more experimental in a bid to get their new shirts noticed, it's fair to say this year's designs have been a very mixed bag indeed.
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!
39. Wolves - 2020/21 Away
Let’s make no bones about it, this is the worst football shirt of the season - and I’m not just talking about the Premier League. While some kits should be applauded for their bravery and creativity, Wolves have been handed something so ugly it makes me want to hunch over a sturdy bucket for a while. I wish I was exaggerating.
This monstrosity has more colour clashes than a full packet of Skittles, with the cuffs, shoulders and horrendous pattern making the worst out of what is already a pretty bad template. When you throw in the atrocious sponsor, I’d probably believe that adidas had actually challenged themselves to produce the ugliest shirt possible, just for the craic.
38. Crystal Palace - 2020/21 Home
Oh, dear. The less said about this the better, really. I’m not even completely sure where to start, since pretty much everything about this shirt is a complete disaster. The traditional Crystal Palace colours usually work really well together, but this horrendous template makes the whole thing look far too blue. Oh, and it also makes my eyes bleed.
When you throw in the broken stripes (which are criminal) and the ugly shoulder block (also criminal), then you’ve got something which barely even looks like a Palace shirt at all. The sponsor is clearly a terrible mess, but I guess this would have looked even worse with last season’s ManBetX logo. Still, it’s not possible for this to be much worse than it already is.
37. 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.
36. 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.
35. Fulham - 2020/21 Away
After making us all wait so long to see them, I was hoping adidas might be serving up some special kits for Fulham. Those hopes were obviously dashed as soon as this awful away shirt was released, although I did have to double-check this wasn’t actually their goalkeeper strip, since that would’ve made a lot more sense.
After all, a bright shade of yellow and boring template are often the hallmark of a bang average keeper kit. Instead, Fulham are going to abuse our eyes by making 10 outfield players wear this, leaving us to scratch our heads as to how a shirt can be so bland and so ugly at the same time.
34. 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.
33. Crystal Palace - 2020/21 Away
If you think I’m going to stoop to some cheap toothpaste jokes here, then you’d be absolutely correct. Although it uses the same terrible template, Crystal Palace’s away shirt looks slightly less offensive than the home, possibly because it looks like an elaborate tribute to Aquafresh. I’m definitely more of a Colgate kinda guy.
Some kind of toothpaste sponsor would genuinely work really well here, especially since the gold W88 logo looks even worse here than on their other kits. The combination of white, red and blue does deliver a sort of Captain America-themed freshness, but there’s simply no saving a shirt from that ridiculous template. Good job Puma didn’t use it on all three kits, then.
32. 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”.
31. Leicester City - 2020/21 Away
Sadly for Leicester fans, the word “meh” pretty much sums up their away kit, too. It’s fairly inoffensive on the eyes, but so is vanilla ice cream, Gareth Barry and an afternoon episode of Countryfile; three things which happen to be just as plain and boring as this shirt. Of course, sometimes there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a bit of vanilla.
The subtle diagonal graphic and side stripes work quite well, but there really isn’t much to get too excited about at all. In all honesty, I’m stifling a yawn even while talking about it, and the only possible reaction to this shirt is a lazy shrug of the shoulders.
30. 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.
29. 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.
28. Sheffield United - 2020/21 Home
Let’s start with the positives. Sheffield United have probably done the best they could with adidas’ Condivo template, with a huge injection of white used to freshen things up a bit. The pixelated stripes are pretty cool, the cuffs are chunky, and I’m a bit jealous of David McGoldrick’s beard. But this doesn’t feel like a Sheffield United shirt.
The horrible shoulders take me right back to Southampton’s horrendous kits from last year, and the plain white back is an incredibly strange design choice. We all know the sponsor is ugly as hell, but I don’t think there’s any excusing broken stripes which don’t even align properly with the collar. Oh well, at least it’s a bit different, I guess.
27. Newcastle United - 2020/21 Away
It’s been a while since this was released, and I still haven’t quite made up my mind about it. Newcastle’s home kit is as boring as sin, the third kit is unbelievably fun, while the away strip is caught awkwardly in the middle somewhere. The bright “fizzy yellow” brings some character, but sadly this doesn’t quite work when used as the main colour.
It works perfectly in the detailing of the third kit, but here it just seems a little faded and bland, almost as if they’ve used a yellow felt tip without enough ink left. Yes, the pattern is pretty cool, but Valencia will be wearing exactly the same thing, and it looks a lot stronger on the Spaniards than it does here.
26. Sheffield United - 2020/21 Away
Sheffield United’s away kit is every bit as unusual as their home, but it’s also just as bang average. Pink football kits can always be pretty hit and miss, and adidas have at least gone for a decent shade which works well with this particular template. However, since they play in red and white at home, it’s precisely this use of pink which makes it all a little strange.
The purpose of a change kit is to combat any potential colour clashes, and I’m not entirely sure this pink shirt does that. Either way, the fresh colour isn’t enough to detract from the ugly sponsor or the fact it’s just a dull adidas template (also worn by Juventus), and it feels a little like Leicester beat them to the punch last season.
25. Manchester United - 2020/21 Home
Yawn. Although I’ve got absolutely nothing against a good bus seat design, Manchester United’s new home shirt just seems a little… tired. There’s not really much they can do about that god awful Chevrolet logo, but it’s fair to say that adidas have massively underwhelmed over the past few seasons. Nothing has really changed here, unfortunately.
The speckled pattern (inspired by the club’s yellow crest) doesn’t look anywhere near as bad as first feared, but it just feels like this kind of design has been done a million times before. There’s some really lovely detailing and it certainly doesn’t sit at the “ugly” table, but it’s all just a little disappointing overall - especially when you see the great work being done for Arsenal lately.
24. Burnley - 2020/21 Home
The new Burnley home shirt is, well, typical Burnley. It gets the job done, but without offering anything to really get excited about. This design pays tribute to the shirt worn back in 1920/21, although I’m pretty sure not many fans had opened a LoveBet account back then, and that ugly logo really does spoil the whole thing.
Aside from that, though, this shirt looks pretty smart. You might think it looks like every other Burnley kit you’ve ever seen, but the unique collar and sleeve pattern help Umbro freshen up a traditional look. It probably won’t make any jaws drop, but this is a classy effort which would rank a lot higher if it were sponsorless. Sadly, it’s not.
23. Manchester United - 2020/21 Away
I’m gonna be honest, Manchester United kits have been boring for a while now. They rarely have me reaching for the sick bucket, but every release feels exactly the same as the previous one. Despite offering a new pattern, monochrome crest and shade of extremely dark (definitely not grey) green, this away shirt sadly falls into the same trap.
Having said that, the subtle all-over graphic does offer a fresh twist, even if the Chevrolet logo pops out more than anything else. Although many have linked it to Joy Division, this pattern is apparently inspired by the public transport used by the club’s away fans - and, yes, they get bonus points for modelling this shirt on a damn bus.
22. Leeds United - 2020/21 Home
In many ways, this is the clean and simple Leeds United shirt many fans wanted. There’s literally nothing to raise an eyebrow at here, but it feels like the perfect way to mark their return to the top-flight. Let’s be honest, the most notable thing about this is the Premier League badge sitting (at long last) on the arm.
Some will call it dull and uninspired, others will call it a simple classic. Either way, there’s no doubt this is pretty basic stuff from adidas, no matter how excited you are about the club’s promotion. Right, who’s ready for some Bielsa Ball, then?
21. Fulham - 2020/21 Home
Fulham’s new home kit is another fairly unremarkable design, even if it does feature some lovely Craven Cottage-inspired detailing. Once again, adidas have made use of the Condivo template, but fortunately the traditional shades of black and white actually work quite well with it. It’s not a bad look at all.
Yes, it’s yet another betting sponsor, but at least it’s one of the more inoffensive logos. There’s not really anything to get too excited or offended by here, but it’s probably the best home shirt Fulham have had in a good few years now.
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20. Brighton - 2020/21 Away
It’s fantastic to see Brighton reverting to their traditional yellow away colours, even if it’s nothing to really write home about. The silly collar really isn’t my cup of tea, and this is based on a pretty dull Nike template which doesn’t exactly get the pulse-racing.
Having said that, not every kit can be a bespoke masterpiece, and this really isn’t too shabby at all. The bright colours work well with the dark blue accents, and I guess the word to describe it would be “solid”. A bit like Shane Duffy, then.
19. Arsenal - 2020/21 Away
I don’t think any shirt has divided opinion quite like Arsenal’s away. The promo campaign was absolutely top-drawer, but the kit itself has split the country worse than Brexit and the first series of Pop Idol. In fact, it’s even been dividing my own brain, since my opinion of this shirt changes every single time I look at it.
You might think it looks like a bloody crime scene, you might think it’s a marble masterpiece, but absolutely everyone can agree that it’s different. It’s unlike anything else you’ll see this season, even if it leaves itself open for some really obviously raspberry ripple-themed jokes. Having Hector Bellerin show it off probably helps.
18. 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.
17. 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.
16. 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.
15. 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.
14. Southampton - 2020/21 Away
Brand: Under Armour
After being incredibly bold with the home and third kits, Under Armour have kept things much simpler with Southampton’s new away shirt. Not only does the dark shade of blue look pretty damn smart, but it’s actually based on the same colour used on their socks up until 1950. Well, I guess you learn something new every day.
The sponsor clearly looks just as ugly as ever, but the little pops of yellow and blue really set off the whole design, while also giving a quick nod to their famous 1976 FA Cup victory. Yeah, this will do for me.
13. Everton - 2020/21 Away
This is Everton’s fastest-selling away shirt ever, just in case you didn’t realise how popular it is at Goodison Park. Although I don’t like this as much as last year’s away strip, it’s fantastic to see the classic amber and blue colours coming back once again. Throw in a One2One sponsor and we’d be right back in the 1990s.
It's actually their first yellow away strip since 2013/14, but this time it’s all wrapped up in some rather lovely hummel packaging. The blue collar, cuffs and shoulders all look relatively smart, and this is a beautifully simple kit which makes excellent use of the colours - even if you think it might be a bit too yellow.
12. Leeds - 2020/21 Away
Pretty much every great Leeds away kit is yellow and blue, a tradition which many fans would’ve liked to continue on their Premier League return. Instead, their new away shirt is inspired by a very different classic, something which soon has us screaming “YeboAAAAH!” at the very top of our lungs.
Bringing in some gold detailing and tidy trim, adidas have modernised the famous blue and green stripes of 1994-96. Although it’s not the colour combo everyone at Elland Road wanted, this still looks really sharp without making too many waves.
11. West Brom - 2020/21 Away
West Brom are one of the few clubs which boast truly iconic away colours. The garish combination of green and yellow obviously isn’t for everyone, but it works really well here on Puma’s revival of the legendary “barcode” stripes. Of course, the fact Ideal Boilers are always willing to change their logo’s colours definitely helps matters.
This is a throwback to the Baggies’ 1992/93 play-off triumph over Port Vale, but it also matches up perfectly with this season’s stunning home shirt. It rounds off a really strong double-act, delivering the kind of strong one-two punch which might have you feeling a little dazed afterwards - particularly if you stare at those bright colours for too long.
10. 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.
9. Aston Villa - 2020/21 Away
Aston Villa are going back to black, and it once again looks pretty damn smart. Red stripes feature alongside sky blue trim and logos, while the silicone club crest is an absolute work of art. Yes, Jack Grealish will be preening around in this in no time at all, and I can’t say I really blame him.
I don’t think this is quite as strong as their home shirt, but Kappa have produced a really impressive collection for the Villains this year. On each design, however, the sponsor has apparently embarked on a mission to get as high up on the shirt as possible, and quite literally needs to be taken down a peg or two.
8. Liverpool - 2020/21 Home
Nike’s first-ever Liverpool home kit is a little bit safe, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Considering the boldness of their away shirt, keeping things clean and simple is probably the best route Nike could take, although they’ve still managed to freshen it all up a bit.
There have been a few grumblings over the use of teal, which is a little surprising since it’s drawn from the colours of their classic club crest. Sitting alongside a brighter shade of red and crisp white details, this is a modern twist on Liverpool’s classic look, and a major hint of what to expect from Nike. A solid start to a really exciting partnership.
7. Aston Villa - 2020/21 Home
Oh, yes. This is really smart. The new Villa home shirt comes without any bells, whistles or some other form of distraction, and instead takes the club back to their claret and blue basics. The subtle pinstripes and textured body polish the whole thing off rather nicely, not least because they aren’t sat behind last season’s ugly W88 sponsor. Shudder.
Instead, they’re following Everton’s lead and featuring Cazoo’s relatively inoffensive logo, and Kappa have done a fantastic job of freshening up a traditional design. Strangely, the logos and club badge sit a little too high up for my liking, but it’s worth noting that the detail on the crest is absolutely fantastic. This is a proper Villa shirt.
6. 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 a hair on Aaron Mooy's glistening head. 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. The colours suit Adam Lallana, too.
5. 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.
4. 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 the 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.
3. 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.
The hideous sponsor has since been replaced, but even such an ugly logo couldn'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.
2. Liverpool - 2020/21 Away
There’s been all kinds of hype around the Nike x Liverpool partnership. The internet’s been full of fan-made concepts and bizarre “leaks”, but I honestly think this outrageous shirt surpasses anything we could have expected. It certainly won’t be for everyone, but this is the perfect partner for Liverpool’s simpler (and safer) home shirt.
This is anything but safe, and it could’ve so easily blown up in Nike’s faces. That shade of teal made a brief cameo on the home shirt, but here it takes centre stage to jaw-dropping effect. It just works perfectly with that swirling, abstract pattern, a design inspired by the Shankly Gates and giving us something we’ve simply never seen before.
It’s bold, fresh, fun and signals a very exciting future ahead with Nike. It also happens to be the best Liverpool shirt we’ve seen in years.
1. Manchester City - 2020/21 Away
From zero to hero. After the pretty disastrous home kit, Puma have really pulled something out of the bag here. Just like last season, Manchester City will be hitting the road in a sleek shade of black, but this time it’s complemented by sharp copper details and a shirt pattern for the ages. This is sensational, magnificent and just about every other superlative you can think of.
Puma’s patterns have been a little hit and miss this year, and this one draws inspiration from the architecture of Manchester. There’s almost a kinda Aztec (as well as Castlefield) vibe to this, and it’s a huge relief to see this incredible pattern carry on to the back of the shirt. To be honest, I can’t really find a fault here.
When you mix this up with some gorgeous bronze logos, you’ve finally created something classy enough for Kevin De Bruyne. I think a little round of applause might be in order.
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