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Tottenham’s new kit more proof that third jersey designs are wilder than ever in 2021-22

Tottenham Hotspur have revealed their new third kit for the 2021-22 season, and much like the corresponding away strip that preceded it, the club’s latest offering is set to split opinion right down the middle.

The shirt is a lively mix of purple and green, with a printed graphic and chevron pattern to form a hectic collage.

According to manufacturer Nike, the design is deliberately disorderly as it was directly inspired by all the young, vibrant creative talent based in Spurs’ local London borough of Haringey. Collection complete. ✅ pic.twitter.com/bb0ROZ0u7W — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 16, 2021 The third jersey comes after Spurs’ swirling psychedelic away kit, which was released in July. It shouldn’t work, but Spurs came up trumps against the odds with this cosmic nebula of colour strewn across a dark blue background. We may have just been slowly hypnotised into thinking it’s an agreeable shirt, but we’re totally OK with that. Tottenham have released their new away kit. Thoughts? � pic.twitter.com/eZcrObtiO7 — ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) July 22, 2021 However, as for this latest attempt to break the mold with a similarly garish third kit, we’d venture that Spurs have gone one "wacky" strip too far. Nike The Tottenham third kit is yet another example of the free rein designers have enjoyed this season when it comes to furnishing clubs with utterly wild, and in some cases completely unhinged, alternate uniforms.

No longer does a club’s third kit merely have to be a template design in an alternative non-clashing colour way. In fact, the current trend appears to be to use it to produce something consciously bizarre and unconventional, perhaps in a calculated effort to drum up a bit of buzz on social media.

Several big clubs have adopted this approach this season — some more successfully than others.

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Arsenal

⚡️ A BOLT FROM THE BLUE ⚡️

Introducing our new @adidasfootball third kit for 2021/22 � #createdwithadidas — Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 10, 2021 A bolt from the blue directly inspired by the Gunners’ cult classic "lightning" away kit of the early 1990s, this modern reworking of a fan favourite has proved an instant success among fans. Few clubs are doing retro-infused sportswear better than Arsenal at the moment. You’ve got to be good at something, we suppose. Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have released their new 3rd kit ⛰ pic.twitter.com/NvZz4fECdi — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 17, 2021 A loving tribute to the Alps of Bavaria and the stunning panoramic views they offer , Bayern’s subtle blue-and-white third kit retains all the majesty and poise of those grand old mountains. MISSES

Chelsea

Introducing our 21/22 @NikeFootball Third Kit! Inspired by iconic outdoor brand Nike ACG, with signature bold prints and vibrant colours, ready to take centre stage under the European lights. ✨ #ItsAChelseaThing #CFC pic.twitter.com/oWAYxPqabW — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 26, 2021 […]

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