It’s that time of year again, when teams begin to showcase their kits for the following season.
For us, it means that, having finally got up-to-date with this campaign’s kits, we have to start drawing those for 2019-20, but at least it’s something of a head-start.
Bournemouth and Chelsea were the two teams to do so on the penultimate weekend (the Premier League rules allow the premiering of new kits in a team’s final home or final away game, whereas originally it could only be done in the last home match).
The Cherries’ new home strip features two shades of red with a diagonal striped pattern, said to be inspired by the lines of the club’s crest. It got off to a winning start as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Saturday
Their Irish teenage goalkeeper Mark Travers wore the new Umbro goalkeeper template – which has a 90s vibe, with fragments of the double-diamond featured tonally along with a drop shadow.
The following day, Chelsea displayed their new home shirt as they beat Watford (though goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga wore his current kit).
We’re not fans – it looks like a fake you’d get on holidays, when the counterfeiters were trying to replicate a jacquard effect. The pattern is something to do with Stamford Bridge.
Aside from the new releases, the only other thing of note last weekend was Leicester wearing their third-kit socks away to Manchester City, giving them a Chelsea-like visual.