It’s the time of year when Premier League teams begin to roll out their new strips for the coming season – and over-zealous football fans with access to Photoshop decide to stoke the fires of the rumour mill. We look at the best and worst of the official releases, potential leaks and awful mock-ups doing the rounds on the internet.

All concept images courtesy of Footy Headlines.

Liverpool

Keeping the deep claret and retro feel of the previous season’s kit was a good move, and the change from a V-neck to a classy one-button collar lends a semblance of poise that makes even Jordan Henderson look scholarly.

Validity – 10/10 (confirmed)

Rating – 10/10

 

Everton

Down the road, Everton are also keeping the retro theme, abandoning the training kit feel of last season for a much more wearable effort. Umbro has drawn on its rich history of making really nice football shirts, with a smart collar and 80s-influenced sleeve hem diamond print. Just try not to look at the Angry Birds logo.

Validity – 10/10 (confirmed)

Rating – 9/10

 

Manchester City

This one has had a mixed reaction from fans, and if you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, you might think it looked a little too much like a pyjama top. The textured raglan sleeve design and contrast collar button are unusual, but hardly the look of champions. Regardless, it will look good on Sergio Agüero.

Validity – 10/10 (confirmed)

Rating – 7/10 (8/10 when worn by Sergio Agüero)

 

Leicester City

Leicester have ended their deal with Puma after six years, sparking rumours among fans that Adidas will supply their next strip. This image, though, is a pretty obvious mock-up. The quiet shuttling away of the prominent gold detailing of recent seasons is unlikely in the finished article.

Validity – 3/10

Rating – 5/10

 

Newcastle United

You might think there’s only so much you can do with vertical black and white stripes – but look at any picture of late-90s Alan Shearer wheeling away from goal, arm raised, Newcastle Brown Ale emblazoned on his chest. That’s how you do it right. This, on the other hand, is clearly someone’s most half-hearted effort.

Validity – 5/10

Rating – 4/10

 

Chelsea

This design has been gaining a lot of traction on social media, with mostly negative reactions. It’s certainly more visually stimulating than last year’s all-blue effort, but the flashes of red have not been welcomed by the Chelsea faithful.

Validity – 6/10

Rating – 4/10

 

Tottenham Hotspur

It’s Tottenham’s second year of Nike after some fondly-remembered strips from Under Armour. If this leak is to be believed then Nike will be going against the grain, swapping last season’s 60s-inspired effort for a more futuristic fade design.

Validity – 5/10

Rating – 6/10

 

Crystal Palace

Discarding Macron for the more mainstream Puma, Crystal Palace’s new home shirt features some intriguing faded stripes. The day-glo collar detail and Puma logos are a little garish and give the kit a rather comic book feel – perhaps Palace will be hoping for more heroics from their Superman, Wilfried Zaha. More important for Palace fans is the away strip, which sees the return of the historic red-and-blue sash.

Validity – 10/10 (confirmed)

Rating – 6/10 (+1 for the away kit)

 

Manchester United

In footage posted to his Instagram account a few weeks ago, Alexis Sanchez gave eagle-eyed viewers an unwitting preview of part of the new Manchester United strip. While the ‘leak’ might look a little suspect, the red-to-black fade effect does match Sanchez’ socks in said clip, so it isn’t difficult to believe that this one might be on the money.

Validity – 9/10

Rating – 7/10

 

BONUS – Manchester United’s Australian website apparently accidentally posted the team’s third kit for the upcoming campaign in late April, before it was swiftly taken down. It’s apparently made from recycled plastic bottles recovered from the sea.

Validity – 9/10

Rating – 9/10

 

Arsenal

The main thing that can be said about this one is that it is too elaborate to fake. Nothing on the shirt quite lines up as you’d expect, and the thin red lines on the white raglan sleeves, which align with a faint triangular shape on the chest, are an unusual touch. At this point, it seems like Puma are trolling fans who just want a red top with plain white sleeves.

Validity – 8/10

Rating – 3/10