For the first time since the introduction of Premier League sleeve sponsors in 2017-18, there has been a decrease in the number of teams availing of the option, with 16 of the 20 teams having one.
In that first campaign, 17 of the top-flight sides had secondary sponsors, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur the only clubs without one.
The following season, Arsenal and United crossed the frontier, but Newcastle United – who had MRF Tyres on their sleeves in 2017-18 – were without one, leaving the total at 18.
Then, in 2019-20, Newcastle entered into a deal with Storm Gain, leaving Spurs as the only exception to the trend.
However, this season they are joined by Everton, Fulham and champions Liverpool, while Burnley and Sheffield United have the same company on their sleeves as on their chests. Newcastle didn’t have a sleeve sponsor in their opening game but have since signed a deal with ICM, who were Fulham’s sleeve sponsor in 2018-19.
Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers have different sleeve sponsors compared to 2019-20, while West Ham switched to Scope Markets when football resumed after the lockdown, with Basset & Gold having gone out of business.