The kit parade: Chelsea's leaked shirt was spot on but what about the rest?
04 May 2009 05:32
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Chelsea have unveiled their new shirt for next season - and it is the same one that was leaked on to the internet earlier this year.
The latest Blues number was one of a number of kits to surface on the web. A quick trawl reveals some leaked pictures of some very suspect kits - and only Liverpool come out unscathed in the style stakes.
If the images are to be believed, Manchester United will be playing in a peasant-style lace up number in 2009-10.
Manchester City, the nouveau riche pretenders to the crown, appear to have ditched their pale, sky blue shirts - reminiscent of the Lancashire sky - in favour of an Abu Dhabi inspired brighter shade.
Here is Sportsmail's run-down of the shirts the big boys could be sporting next season.
The Gunners' red home shirt will last another season, but their yellow away strip could be replaced with a racing green number. It seems they're a year behind - bright colours are in this spring (so I'm told).
The understated green number is more akin to a goal-keeper's jersey than a football shirt and signals a return to Arsenal's kit of 1982-83, when the Gunners played in a more frog-like green hue.
Trinny & Susannah rating (as imagined by Sportsmail):
7/10. Safe and unspectacular, a bit like Martin Keown in his hey day.
Got it right: Liverpool's new away kit is leading the fashion stakes
Another potential pearler from shirt manufacturers Adidas as Liverpool swap their grey away kit for a swish black number with gold features and red piping. A little like last season's European kit, this black number is sure to be popular with Liverpool fans.
Trinny & Susannah rating: 8/10. 'Pure class', as Stevie G would say.
I'll be back: Chelsea appear to have turned to Arnie for their new kit
Hmmm.does Didier Drogba really need any more excuse to emphasise his muscular physique? The new Chelsea home shirt is embellished with what appear to be 'pec panels', sort of Robocop meets Gladiator sections in the chest area. And a zip, which will make the customary dab of Vicks a little difficult to place.
Trinny & Susannah rating: 5/10. Trying too hard is guaranteed failure on the catwalk, sorry, football pitch.
Manchester United Surely not: Manchester United could be wearing this at Old Trafford next year
Home: I would pay cold, hard cash to see Cristiano Ronaldo trot out of the Old Trafford tunnel is this special ensemble. The potential home kit, admittedly, is better than the monstrous away version (see below, just you wait), but the retro V-neck, particularly the additional white triangle, is still pretty naff. Please, please, let this be Manchester United's home kit next season
Trinny & Susannah rating: 4/10. Champions of Europe? You won't be champions of your own back yard in this boring design.
Fashion faux pas: Manchester United's proposed away kit is awful
Away: Isn't this truly wonderful? Wonderful as in the 'I-wouldn't-be-seen-dead-wearing-that' way.
The silky white Grandad-style collar with a ridiculous lace up design,the plunging V-neck, the sheer bagginess of the whole thing - WayneRooney would look an absolute beauty in this baby. Coleen would not beamused.
Trinny & Susannah rating: 1/10. Awful. Just awful. A charity shop special.
Manchester City Blue is the colour: Apparently the new Manchester City home shirt
The usual sky blue, if the shade is a little more eye-catching (which City hope to be next season), with white on the top of the sleeves.
The Etihad Airways logo, appropriately enough the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is arguably a classier replacement for package holiday company Thomas Cook across the centre of the jersey, while the badge is in traditional position across the left breast after a stint in the middle.
Trinny & Susannah rating: 7/10. Interesting navy bars down the side of the shirt, but it works, somehow.
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