It’s about that time of the year when the all important kit leaks begin to happen. Tottenham Hotspur’s Nike partnership has left fans wanting more creativity, specifically due to Nike’s insistence on using basic templates for every club that they provide kits to.
There was some hope a couple weeks ago when news broke that Nike had ditched the templates, meaning each club’s designs would be unique. That’s good! Under Armour may not have been giving Spurs numerous Brinks trucks full of cash like Nike does each year, but their kits were great with very few exceptions. Surely Nike could bring us some cool stuff now that their creative minds had freedom, right?
Yeah, about that....
Here’s the supposed home kit, brought to you by the best in the business when it comes to kit leaks themselves, Footy Headlines:
So that’s sure something. I haven’t quite come up with the words to truly describe my thoughts, so let’s just talk about the good and the bad.
The best part about this is the collar. That collar is great. I like the gold trim with it and it works. After that, the lightning bolt is kind of cool, matching the style of the collar. It’s a nice twist and shows Nike is trying to break away from cookie-cutter designs.
The main problem I have with this kit is the use of the digital camo and those awful sleeves. I don’t hate the digital camo. I just think they should be saved for away or third kits. The home kit should ultimately be a clean look. Give me the solid white kit with sleeves that are the same and you’ve got a stew cooking when paired up with the collar and lightning bolt. Instead, we get sleeves that look like they were taken from the Create-a-School option in NCAA Football and the digital camo that just doesn’t look good with white.
The Nike partnership has really been hit and miss and I’d give just about anything to go back in time and have Under Armour actually care about pushing our brand and matching the cash that Nike is giving Spurs. There’s no universe where that happens, though. Nike are a global power and Spurs need a global brand to further push international revenue. To be fair, it’s working. I see more Tottenham branding all the time, so Nike is holding up their end of the bargain when it comes to advertising.
That being said, overall I’m underwhelmed by this kit. Maybe I’m being a tad harsh. Perhaps this one will grow on me like some other kits have, like those black and yellow kits Under Armour pushed out that I initially despised. We know that the away kit is supposed to be green and the third kit is bright yellow, though we haven’t seen the actual designs for those just yet.
What are your thoughts on this kit?