It is time to rank the Premier League kits again as the away and third strips of every top-flight club is evaluated with a balls-out winner.
We’ve ranked all the away kits and third kits that we know about so far. That means away kits for everyone bar Burnley for some reason, and a good handful of often superfluous and occasionally marvellous third kits. The big boys have come to play this year.
You can check out the home kit rankings here.
29. Manchester City (third, unconfirmed)
It’s like Puma looked at the widely and correctly despised away kit monstrosities they served up at the Euros and went “How can we make it worse?” They’ve done it by making the team name even bigger in lieu of a badge. Let’s call this what it is: a training top with ideas way, way, way above its station. And it seems they’re going to make goalkeepers degrade themselves by wearing this crap as well but in worse colourways. Get in the bin.
— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) August 11, 2021
28. Arsenal (away)
Yellow is a good and correct colour for Arsenal away kits – especially adidas ones – but there’s something off about this and we’re not sure what. The stripes cutting off at the shoulder annoys us on lots of this year’s adidas gear, but it’s more than that. Something about that yellow just doesn’t look right. It’s not a bright canary yellow or a mustard yellow or a lemon or a gold. It’s a bad yellow is what it is.
Ready to go for #SCO
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 14, 2021
27. Chelsea (away)
The Blues join the Gunners as London powerhouse with vaguely underwhelming yellow away kit. Like the Gunners, though, they’ve got a great third kit.
Our new 2021/22 @nikefootball away kit, made with 100% recycled plastic bottles. ♻️
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 5, 2021
26. Crystal Palace (third)
White and light blue halves with a literal Crystal Palace design incorporated into the shirt, the whole thing a nod to the first ever Palace kit. It’s also near identical to the one-off 125th anniversary shirt from 2007 – also produced by Puma – that mirrored the first ever Spurs shirt. Why did all these clubs have white and light blue halves back in the day?
25. Leicester (away)
Leicester do not have great kits this season. Colour is meh and pattern is off a picnic blanket.
A first outing for our new 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝘁 away kit 😍 pic.twitter.com/0QhFJGTUjG
— Leicester City (@LCFC) July 28, 2021
24. Manchester City (away)
Neither the colourful logos nor Jack Grealish’s face and calves and hair can quite enliven what is a pretty dull kit, sadly.
23. Wolves (away)
Strayed way too far into bus seat upholstery areas with the design here, but the black and yellow detailing comes heroically close to salvaging things.
Presenting our Castore away kit for 2021/22!#TheHuntForBetter
— Wolves (@Wolves) August 5, 2021
22. Brentford (away)
Significantly better than the home. The monochrome logos make the whole thing work and have the effect of slightly toning down that in-your-face sponsor logo. It looks far more like part of the overall design rather than just a gaudy stamp whacked on afterwards. Nice little off-centre triangle pattern going on in there as well, and the colour is apparently “buttercup yellow” which is nicer than all the daft official colour names kits usually get these days. In summary: wholesome.
A first outing in 💛
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) July 28, 2021
21. Newcastle United (away)
Unknown Pleasures. Make your own jokes.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 30, 2021
20. Watford (away)
So very, very, very much better than the home kit. Still average.
📸 𝘒𝘐𝘛 𝘓𝘈𝘜𝘕𝘊𝘏 𝘎𝘈𝘓𝘓𝘌𝘙𝘠
Fancy seeing more snaps from our home and away photo shoots?
Drop us your requests 👇 pic.twitter.com/CLJ6Oq9MiZ
— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) August 1, 2021
19. Norwich City (third)
Neat reversal of the ‘black with single bright accent colour’ trope used for the away kit, but the big black stripe down the middle adds nothing. Get rid of it.
We are 𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗗𝗬! 💪
Introducing our third kit for the 2021-22 @premierleague season 👀
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) August 7, 2021
18. Brighton (away)
A template kit but it’s a nice template. Sleeve patterns are so hot right now. But another unfortunate kit launch…
A first outing for our away shirt today! 👕✨
Who are you most excited to see back in action, Albion fans? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/x0Iv11rg9d
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) July 24, 2021
17. Southampton (third)
What could be just another black-and-one-other-colour away shirt is given something about it by the St Mary’s and The Dell prints mosaiced into it.
Paying tribute to St Mary's and The Dell 😇
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 9, 2021
16. West Ham (third)
S’alright. Colourway is on brand and looks decent enough. It’s a third kit that really feels like a third kit, though. The other two West Ham kits this year are both better and appear to have had a lot more thought gone into them.
🔥 Our 2021/22 Third Kit has landed 🔥
— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 29, 2021
15. Southampton (away)
Strong late 80s Wimbledon away vibes to this. Not particularly a criticism, but not sure what it’s really got to do with Southampton.
Away kit debut 🔜 pic.twitter.com/t5qlSt5WMj
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 4, 2021
14. Norwich City (away)
Black with single bright accent colour is in danger of becoming slightly old hat for away kits these days, but this is smart enough and the sleeves tie it to the home kit.
Who's already got their hands on our new away jersey? 🙋♂️🙋♀️
Reply with pics of you wearing it and we'll RT them! 👊 pic.twitter.com/WTRJsmmNrO
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) July 31, 2021
13. Everton (third)
Looks like it’s got a massive zip running all down the middle of it. Lucky for Everton, we like massive zips.
Introducing our 2021/22 @hummel1923 third kit – available now! 🤍
— Everton (@Everton) July 28, 2021
12. West Ham (away)
Yes. Very solid away kit indeed. Nice use of traditional club colours in interesting ways, and a good collar as well.
Our 2021/22 @UmbroUK Away Kit is AVAILABLE NOW! 🔵⚪️
— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 22, 2021
11. Liverpool (third, unconfirmed)
What madness is this? Whatever it is, we’re in to it. More kits with checkerboard detailing please.
— Kyle (@KB2X) July 28, 2021
10. Aston Villa (away)
Pinstripes are good stripes, and the collar has just enough going on to avoid dullness. This hits that tricky sweet spot for a predominantly white shirt of having enough about it to be interesting without so much that it becomes fussy. Kappa have done Villa proud this year.
Aston Villa’s new 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭/𝟮𝟮 away kit is now available in-store and online! 🙌
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) July 30, 2021
9. Crystal Palace (away)
Finally a properly good yellow away kit for a London team. Palace appear to be absolutely impossible to predict this season, but one thing we can be sure of is that whether launching a surprise bid for Europe or battling grimly against relegation, they are going to look the absolute business while doing so. Away kits have absolutely no obligation to tie in to traditional home colours (for obvious reasons this has to be actively avoided for the most part) but it’s nice when a nod can be made while enhancing the shirt and the single red and blue stripes do so marvellously. Having them run behind the badge also a nice idea, also solving the other occasional problem for away kits: that the standard colourway for the club badge can look wrong on an away leaving either a wrong-looking badge or a wrong-coloured one. (Pro tip: always go wrong coloured)
8. Everton (away)
And here’s precisely why you go with the wrong-coloured badge. As for the kit, it’s black with a burnt orange sash. Of course it’s awesome. Excellent retro collar and textbook deployment of colouring the badge to match the kit rather than sticking with traditional colours.
— Everton (@Everton) June 4, 2021
7. Manchester United (third)
Great pair of change kits for United this year after some genius wondered what it would look like if that Holland 88 kit were blue and a Manchester United third kit. We’ve also just realised that the pattern is like a big letter M. The two-tone adidas logo works a treat here as well.
"They wanna come and get the glory…" 🎵🏆
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 12, 2021
6. Chelsea (third, unconfirmed)
Unlike Lukaku’s return, this kit is yet to be formally confirmed. But like Lukaku, it will be. The official colours of this kit are “Blustery” (green) and “Hyper Crimson” (orange) on a “Black” (black) base. Never mind all that, though: it absolutely slaps.
— /r/ChelseaFC (@RedditChelseaFC) August 8, 2021
5. Leeds (away)
An absolute snorter of a kit. It’s better than the home kit of any team in blue this season, and even manages to carry off the cut-off adidas sleeve stripes that have bugged us throughout. Using just white for all the logos and trim gives a touch of class and simplistic elegance that somehow got lost on the home shirt.
🔥 2021/22 #LUFC away kit available in-store and online Wednesday
— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 30, 2021
4. Arsenal (third)
Glorious bit of stuff this. Instantly evocative of every adidas away kit from the late 80s/early 90s golden era yet also strikingly modern. Hopefully this gets the nod over the wishy-washy away kit. Absolutely absurd that this isn’t even the best away kit in North London this year.
🌶 @BukayoSaka87 x Arsenal Direct
Presenting our brand new @adidasfootball third kit 👇
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 10, 2021
3. Liverpool (away)
Nike tried something with the Liverpool home kit and it didn’t pay off. They’ve gone back to basics for the away, and delivered. Very 90s Liverpool away vibes here, and that’s a good thing. The official colours on this kit are fossil, dark atomic teal and bright crimson but don’t let that put you off.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 8, 2021
2. Manchester United (away)
You’re all immediately thinking of the same (magnificent) United away kit when you look at it, yet the design is actually pretty much completely different. Great work: the connection with the kit that inspired it is 100% there, but they’ve still created something new and vibrant and pretty f***ing great in its own right.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 30, 2021
1. Tottenham (away)
I mean… just look at it. Utterly, ridiculously, inexplicably magnificent. This kit is obviously going to be like Marmite: you either love it or you’re wrong. Easily the most memorable kit of the season and the one most certain to earn cult status. I just think it’s brilliant. The absolute balls-out f***-it weirdness of it. The neon logos absolutely pop as well, and it looks fantastic on TV. And the as yet unconfirmed third kit is, while way less good, also vibes up the wazoo so there isn’t even a safe cop-out option if they lose their nerve. Full commitment to the bit. Brilliant, baffling work.