The World Cup has come and gone and with it our kit ranking, which saw Nigeria crowned jersey world champion. Now our attention turns to the biggest and most popular football league in the world, the English Premier League. Whether fighting for the title, European qualification, or simply to avoid relegation, the stakes are high for all 20 teams — both on and off the pitch. It’s a big-money, big-hype competition watched in bars and homes around the world. Fans support their team no matter what, of course, but at the very least you still want your guys to look the part, win, lose, or draw, right?
Our highly trained team of jersey experts here at Highsnobiety (i.e. me) has ranked every home jersey gracing a Premier League stadium this season. Where does your team rank? Read on to find out.
Newcastle might have finished a respectable 10th on its return to the Premier League last season, but the Magpies’ 2018-19 PUMA jersey leaves a lot to be desired. The stripes on the shoulders are distracting and evoke the disparaging “Barcodes” nickname given to the team by opposition fans, while the oversized contrasting sponsor on the chest is way too eye-grabbing.
I’m a Manchester United fan and this is the first year I won’t be buying any of the club’s shirts. The home jersey features an awkward red-to-black gradient and is easily the worst of the club’s three 2018-19 adidas efforts, fully deserving its lowly spot at number 19. Here’s hoping the team ranks a little higher in the EPL this term.
Watford’s black and yellow is crisp, but the adidas shirt’s template is a bit boring. Add to that the fact that sponsor logos almost always look worse on striped jerseys and the Hornets are lacking sting this season. A shame because last’s season stripeless kit was among the league’s best.
Germany Euro 2012, anyone? The Foxes’ jersey, while clean and simple, looks like adidas dug it out of an old bag labeled “UEFA European Championship 2012 Templates” and dyed it blue. It’s a decent kit but we’ve seen it before. Sorry, Leicester.
PUMA generally makes great kits, even if their tight fit tends to be prohibitively “athletes-only.” This shirt, however, is mired by a massive sponsor that could generously be described as “busy.” The result is Burnley slipping down the rankings. When all you can see when you look at a jersey is the sponsor, you’ve got a problem.
We’re not quite sure why the stripes had to be broken at the top of the chest and around the Under Armour logo, as it gives the jersey an incomplete feel. Aesthetically, this shirt gives off slightly more of a rugby vibe than a football shirt should, which is why the Saints have to make do with 15th place in our ranking.
PUMA’s Crystal Palace jersey is a sight to behold, mostly because there’s quite a lot to take in. The red, blue, and yellow color combination works, but the large main sponsor and green sleeve sponsor are a little distracting. Not a bad effort overall — although you’ll want to hit the gym before wearing it.
Huddersfield and Umbro have come together on a retro effort that returns the Terriers’ terrier logo to the chest in updated form. Another nice retro touch is the Umbro double diamond detailing around the sleeve edges, reminiscent of the brand’s late-’70s and early ’90s shirts. A solid, no-nonsense effort, in true Yorkshire style.
We always get excited at the prospect of a red and black striped shirt, and Bournemouth’s Umbro kit is a nice addition to the canon. Like Huddersfield, the Cherries’ jersey has a double diamond motif around the sleeve, but this shirt feels a little more modern. The downside is that oversized, distracting shirt sponsor.
The top half of Spurs’ Nike home jersey is great. The modified navy blue collar pops against the clean, tight white shirt. The sponsor, albeit big and in-your-face, is simple enough not to irritate. But then it adds that navy gradient, giving the shirt an unnecessary dip-dyed look at the bottom.
The color is slick, as always, and the addition of a buttoned collar gives the jersey a touch of class. However, the fact it’s clearly a Nike template kit based on France’s World Cup effort means defending champion Manchester City only comes in at 10th place.
Old gold is finally making its Premier League return, cracking our top 10 on the first try. Wolves’ adidas jersey is simple, classic, and bearing a classy color few clubs wear. The sponsor is a little overwhelming, recalling the logo for HBO’s Westworld, but this is a fine return.
PUMA and Arsenal keep it simple with a blocked-out red and white effort that looks great on the likes of Aubemeyang, Özil, and co. The only problem, as ever with PUMA, is that the cut isn’t the most fan-friendly.
If Chelsea were still with adidas, this is probably close to what the Londoners’ jersey would look like (badge, “VISIT MALAYSIA,” and bluebird on the nape aside). That’s no bad thing, as the royal blue with subtle hoop detailing and white accents works very well for the Premier League’s only Welsh club, Cardiff City.
Umbro has it really easy with Everton. The club’s blue and white colors look great together, while the white double diamond trim on the sleeves and the simple white sponsorship add a touch of contrast to the Toffees’ simple blue jersey.
While other Nike teams lose points for using template designs from the World Cup, Chelsea’s blue on blue with white and red accents just works. The Blues are at the start of a new era under former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri, but whatever happens on the pitch, at least they’ll be looking good.
West Ham always has great kits thanks to the club’s timeless claret and blue color combination. This season’s effort by Umbro is no different, dialing back the blue to a subtle sleeve detail and adding striped pattern detailing on the torso, giving East London’s ’appy ’ammers plenty to blow bubbles about.
New Balance isn’t really known for its football jerseys but the Boston brand has taken huge strides toward competing with the big boys of PUMA, Nike, and adidas in the last few seasons. This latest Liverpool home jersey is evidence of that. A classic deep red with white accents and a one-button collar make this jersey hard to pass on if you’re a Red.
Brighton & Hove Albion has one of the few striped jerseys on which the sponsor actually makes the design look better. The American Express blue works well with the blue and white stripes, while the white sleeves maintain some level of separation from the body of the jersey. That red Nike Swoosh is a dope final touch.
Premier League returnee Fulham is back in the top flight for the first time since 2014 with a jersey to match the momentous occasion. The club’s simple black on white colors (with a hint of red) keep things simple, while the old-school adidas collar and shoulder stripes have a sense of nostalgia about them. The black bar across the midriff turns the Cottagers into the Boca Juniors of Southwest London for 2018-19. If Fulham continues to have jerseys like this, let’s hope to see them in the Premier League for years to come.