Ever since announcing in January that Three UK will be taking over for Yokohama as Chelsea shirt sponsors, many have held out hope that the powers that be would somehow save Chelsea from the embarrassment of having a hairy mustache in the shape of the number three front and center.
We may have talked ourselves out of initial outrage, clinging to the farfetched idea that Nike, Chelsea, and Three would come to an agreement to go with a wordmark. Surely, a numerical sponsor on the front of the shirt would be too confusing. Last thing Chelsea need is Andre Mariner sending off Marcos Alonso for something he did not do.
Alas, according to the latest leak from Footy Headlines, Chelsea will be featuring Three UK’s logo without any alterations. Furry mustache lovers rejoice!
Aside from the distraction surrounding the club’s new sponsor, the home kit features black trim on a ribbed crewneck collar, sleeve cuffs, and side piping. The black side piping is change from this year’s kit range, which did not feature any side piping on the home, away, and third kits.
For anyone following fashion trends, the 90’s are still in, and next season’s home kit continues that trend with a subtle herringbone pattern on both the home shirt and shorts.
The kit is expected to have white socks, so at the very least Nike and Chelsea haven’t deviated too far from what has worked well in the past. And at least it still doesn’t look like Crystal Palace, unlike our upcoming third kits.
As a bonus, Footy Headlines has also provided a leak on what Kepa will be wearing next season. It’s a brighter shade of green, with a similar black crewneck collar. The shirt features a pattern reminiscent of Japanese zen garden. Only issue is that whoever raked the pattern, did so haphazardly.
The rest of the goalkeeper kit is expected to be green — so matching shorts and socks.
The kits themselves look good. Not great, but passable. However accepting change of sponsorship featured on next year’s kit range may very well be harder than expected. Long gone are the days of Samsung. Yokohama looked better aesthetically when they dropped ‘Tyres’.
As a reminder, Three UK signed a three year deal to be Chelsea’s shirt sponsor. Three years too many? Three years too short? Time will tell.