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EPL Team New kits for 11/12 Season

Black and blue: Chelsea's rumoured away kit for the new 2011/2012 campaign.

The smartest gear for next season will soon hit the shops and you can get a first look right here as the Premier League teams unveil their home, away and third kits for the new campaign.

Some supporters will be desperate to pull on their their new strip while some will be thinking 'it's just not me' but will wear it anyway.

How many bigger-built fans have their fingers crossed their club doesn't go down the skinny-fit route Spurs went down a few seasons ago?

And before the official release there's bound to be some dodgy fakes doing the rounds on the internet.

So with a whole host of new strips hitting the stores in the coming weeks - Sportsmail brings you the best - and worst - of what's on offer throughout the summer.

ARSENAL

A fading title challenge aside, Arsenal don't have much to cheer these days (just take a look at the Emirates trophy cabinet) so to make up for it, the kit next season is set to celebrate their 125th anniversary.

This is the official version of the new kit, sported by defender Gael Clichy, and it looks a little lost without a white collar.

Top gun: Gael Clichy sports Arsenal's 125 year anniversary home strip for next season

Top gun: Gael Clichy sports Arsenal's 125 year anniversary home strip for next season

There also looks to be two away numbers on the way. After getting over the initial shock of what looks like a cut-and-shut kit, fans may take to the blue Monacoesque style shirt that takes the same colour scheme as the club's mid 90s away kit.

Second take: Internet images of what the Arsenal away and third strip could look like next season
Second take: Internet images of what the Arsenal away and third strip could look like next season

Second take: Internet images of what the Arsenal away and third strip could look like next season

The white shirt looks to be a mock-up and Gunners fans will hope so as they won't want to be seen in a colour associated with rivals Tottenham.

The away strips are unconfirmed but fans will be hoping they are more exciting that the home number Sportsmail verdict 6/10

ASTON VILLA

Enlarge Checkmate: Fans will note the similarity to the home shirt from 2008/09

Checkmate: Fans will note the similarity to the home shirt from 2008/09

Following the arrival of £24million Darren Bent in January, Aston Villa fans probably had something else in mind when they heard they would be seeing more cheques in the summer.

Sadly for them it may turn out the ‘checks’ are for their new home strip – with this latest rumoured kit from Nike not stretching too far into innovation.

In fact take away the claret checks and you just have Villa’s home shirt from the 2008/09 season with a slight change to the collar.

In truth it doesn’t look that bad but you just think Nike are scraping the barrel for trying to think of ways to design a Villa kit.

With the existing home strip being sold at a reduced price on the club website, a new home kit looks to be on the horizon – but best leave the checks to the Croatians. Sportsmail Verdict 7/10

BOLTON

Rumours that Bolton’s new home strip was designed by a five-year-old dizzy on lemonade are yet to be founded, either way this is enough to give you a migraine.

The only credit to Reebok is that they have been ambitious with their latest attempt and no fan can complain that it looks remotely similar to any other strip in seasons gone by.

But judging by the look on Kevin Davies’ face, he doesn’t seem overjoyed with the latest design and it's hard to imagine where you can wear this anywhere outside the Reebok Stadium without being laughed at...and that's before you get to the netting/see-through material on the front of the shirt.

Bolton may have got away with this in the fashion-challenged early 90s, but it’s hard to see this being looked back on as being innovative or classic a few years down the line. Sportsmail Verdict 3/10

Bold design: Reebok have made a drastic change to last season's strip
What do you think lads?: Chung-yong Lee (left) and Kevin Davies model the new Bolton home shirt

What do you think lads? Bolton players Chung-yong Lee (left) and Kevin Davies try to keep a straight face modelling the new Bolton home strip

CHELSEA

They may be slightly off the pace with a handful of games to go in the Premier League but Chelsea have stolen a march on their rivals by bursting out of the traps in the fashion race.

The new home kit takes inspiration from Chelsea strips of the early 1980s with the shadow striped design on the front while the white shoulder pad has been added to make adidas' iconic three stripes stand out.

Could you carry this off on the King's Road? We think so. Sportsmail verdict 8/10

Blues brothers: (from left) How Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Fernando Torres will look

Blues brothers: (from left) How Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Fernando Torres will look

Petr Cech
Frank Lampard

Is that a good idea? Petr Cech models the new ALL-WHITE keeper's kit while Lampard does a catalogue pose

And below is the rumoured design of the Blues new away kit for next season. The change strip takes on a unique patch-work look which the likes Lampard and Torres will hope to stun their opponents.

Black and blue: Chelsea's rumoured away kit for the new 2011/2012 campaign

Black and blue: Chelsea's rumoured away kit for the new 2011/2012 campaign

EVERTON

New shirt or new signing? Everton's Tim Cahill (left) stands with Real Madrid's Kaka

New shirt or new signing? Everton's Tim Cahill (left) stands with Real Madrid's Kaka

No cooling/performance aiding stuff here. Le Coq Sportif look like they have gone back to basics with a simple blue shirt complimented by golden brown trim and a smart collar to match.

The same amount of thought looks to have gone into the away strip, but looks much less classy. How long does it take to think of sticking three logos on to a standard T-shirt?

Both shirts lack all the usual scientific nonsense that come with your standard football kit, but don’t expect a price drop because of that.

The home shirt is yet to be confirmed by the club but despite its simplicity, does look the part.

We may have to wait until later this summer thought to find out if Tim Cahill's modelling skills have been enough to convince Kaka of a move to Goodison Park. Sportsmail home verdict 7/10.

The yellow strip is not going to be remembered for years to come but Toffees fans will be pleased to see the back of that garish pink strip. Sportsmail away verdict 6/10

Simple: Everton's rumoured home shirt
Keeping it simple: Everton's new away shirt is bright but lacks design

FULHAM

There just seems to be no middle ground with Kappa.

After graphite/red and green/gold away kits from this season were considered a step too far in design by some supporters, the Italian company for 2011/12 have opted for a plain black shirt with just their own logos in red to break it up.

Fans once again will be disappointed with a skin-tight design but can take consolation that the strip will contain 'underwiring' technology...or maybe not.

In fairness it's close to being a neat classy number, but the huge and high sponsor logo in the centre spoils the overall look.

Fans looking to wear something a bit brighter at Craven Cottage next term may prefer to purchase the luminous green goalkeeper kit which is also new for next season

Back to black: Fulham's new away shirt for 2011/12
Always look on the bright side: Fulham have released a new goalkeeper kit for the 2011/12 season

LIVERPOOL

If the Liverpool players aren't careful they'll fade into the background during their midweek matches in the winter next season with this new strip.

But then again, maybe that's what the club want, in case they have another disastrous start to the season and find themselves in the bottom half of the table once again.

Joking aside, the Anfield club have chosen a smart number for their new campaign, a top that could even look classy on the right person. They say that grown men shouldn't wear replica tops outside the ground, but that could all be about to change.

Sportsmail verdict 8/10

Backing the boss: Dirk Kuyt, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez (L-R) pose in the new Liverpool away strip
Black is back: Liverpool have chosen a sleek new design for next season's away kit

Black is back: Liverpool have chosen a sleek new design for next season's away kit

MANCHESTER CITY

No doubt the future is bright at Manchester City but despite banishing a painful 35 years without a trophy and securing Champions League football – they just cannot help looking at the past.

A red and black striped away shirt is certainly not new to fans with the inspiration taken from the most famous shirt in the club’s history – the black and red shirt worn in 1969 and 1970 during which time City won the FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners Cup.

Indeed it is a smart design with its simplistic stripes and we think the gold marking on the sponsor and logos are pulled off well.

'The shirt is designed so that when a player celebrates a goal or links arms with team mates, the black and red stripe remains consistent. For this reason, there is no seam on the underarm as traditionally stitching can distort the shape and flow of a stripe.' according to designers Umbro.

City will look good trying to overshadow AC Milan in the Champions League but fans will only have to ask Tottenham and Blackburn supporters about having skin-tight shirts. Sportsmail verdict 8/10

City slickers: Dedryck Boyata, Edin Dzeko and Pablo Zabaleta (l-r) proudly show off Man City's new away kit

City slickers: Dedryck Boyata, Edin Dzeko and Pablo Zabaleta (l-r) proudly show off Man City's new away kit

MANCHESTER UNITED

Ready to go: Patrice Evra poses in the new Manchester United home strip

Ready to go: Patrice Evra poses in the new Manchester United home strip

Unlike the team, Manchester United kits have been uninspiring in recent years but despite winning a record 19th league title next season will be no different.

After an experiment with the black rugby league-style 'v' last season and a tacky retro number for this campaign, Nike have lost all creativity and plumped for a plain red shirt with a weird black and white collar.

It looks like it was designed in no more than five minutes and for an extra £10 on top of the already pricey £44.99, fans can choose to customise their kit with the lettering 'champions' and No.19 in gold on the reverse.

It probably wasn't the golden touch that fans were hoping for. Sportsmail home verdict 5/10

The away kit, an unofficial picture, looks a lot like a T-shirt with its round collar. Not bad but if you're going for blue and black stripes, do it right like Inter Milan. Sportsmail away verdict 5/10

Manchester United kit?
Manchester United away?

NEWCASTLE

And now for something completely different. Full marks to Puma for trying to give Newcastle's black and white stripes a new twist.

An interesting addition is the 'go faster' stripes down the front - which neatly incorporates the sponsor's logo - but there is still no hard evidence these work on cars... or footballers.

Newcastle's loyal fans won't be too bothered what it looks like as long as they can easily whip it off to reveal a bare chest on a freezing cold evening at a ground near you.

The most original Toon kit in a long time, a lot better than the cream-cracker effort from two seasons back.

Sportsmail verdict 8/10

Talk of the Toon: Kevin Nolan models Newcastle's home strip for next season
This one's a keeper: Steve Harper in Newcastle's goalie top for 2011-12

STOKE

Stripes are in: Fans will be pleased to see stripes feature on the front and back of the new home shirt

Stripes are in: Fans will be pleased to see stripes feature on the front and back of the new home shirt

Stoke fans have already been through an identity crisis this season when the traditional stripes were removed from the back of the club's home strip.

But they will be pleased to hear that although they will have to shell out another £45 on a new home shirt, the stripes look set return to the back of the strip.

The club website is taking pre-orders on the kit but has not yet released an official picture.

Adidas have taken things to a new level for the away kit, unveiling a kit that the club believes makes them resemble Inter Milan.

With the club in Europe next term, even captain Ryan Shawcross couldn’t help but notice the obvious link with the Italian giants.

‘Let’s hope we can play like Inter Milan too,' he said. 'It looks very impressive and I am sure it will be a winner with our fans.’

It’s a neat enough effort from Adidas, even with that slightly annoying collar. But despite the optimism of Shawcross, don’t expect the Potters to be challenging for a Champions League place just yet.

Sportsmail verdict 7/10

New Stoke City kit

SUNDERLAND

Judging by the presence of the Premier League badge on the sleeve, the home kit was designed before Sunderland started their alarming slide down the table.

But ignoring the fact that relegation is still a possibility, this is a smart effort from Umbro, who have kept a simple design with the stripes but included a black trim around the collar and sleeves that looks neat and tidy.

Old Trafford or Oakwell - Black Cats fans will certainly look the part. Sportsmail verdict 8/10

Sunderland kit for 2011-12
Sunderland kit for 2011-12

WOLVES

Wolves have been hot under the collar trying to beat relegation for much of the season so to combat any future problems, designers Burrda have opted for a simple round neck on a new home shirt – the club’s fifth in as many years.

Much of the heavy black trim has gone from the previous design replaced with faint black lines which look fine until you notice the front of the shirt.

The line going across the chest looks like somebody has made a mistake with a ballpoint pen on the design template and is going to take some getting used to.

However it is a subtle attempt to be unique from the designers which fans could grow to like. Sportsmail verdict 6/10

Better news for supporters (and their purse strings) is that the club have decided to retain this year’s black away kit for next season.

Going for gold: Wolves' George Elokobi, Matt Jarvis and Adlene Guedioura (l-r) show off the new home shirt

Going for gold: Wolves' George Elokobi, Matt Jarvis and Adlene Guedioura (l-r) show off the new home shirt


EPL Team New kits for 11/12 Season Reviewed by admin Ucop on 8:37 AM Rating: 5

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