All eyes are on building for next season both on the pitch and off it as Aston Villa put together a plan to challenge for Europe.
Dean Smith‘s side have already landed Emiliano Buendia, securing the arrival of the Argentina playmaker from Norwich City in a club-record deal earlier this month.
Meanwhile Ashley Young completed a move from Serie A champions Inter Milan, returning a decade after leaving Villa Park for Manchester United.
He has signed on a one-year deal and will complement Buendia‘s potential and natural flair with experience and knowhow.
The question remains, though, of which kit Villa‘s two new summer signings will be strutting their stuff next season.
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Villa have yet to release a new strip which is not a surprise given how timelines have been hit because of the coronavirus pandemic; last season’s was released back in August after the late finish to the season.
In the absence of a fresh kit supporters have taken to social media to knock-up their own designs online.
A villa supporter by the name of Dan has designed a smart home kit with a claret torso and chest with blue on the shoulders and arms.
Blue adorns the sides with a white Kappa logo and the same colour around a v-neck collar.
As suggested previously, the shirt would be a nod to the 40th anniversary of the European Cup win in 1982.
An all-black kit has also been designed, with clubs producing a limited run of all-black strips seen as more fashionable and designed to be worn out.
These designs received a favourable reaction on social media, with one fan writing: “I have wanted a blackout kit for so long, these look class.”
“I’m in love with all three of them,” said another while a third supporter added: “I’d buy all of them.”
Here’s everything we know about the new kit…
Villa ‘s new signings will be sporting the latest iteration of the club’s colours, with Kappa set to make a new strip for the 2021-22 season.
It will be the Italian sportswear manufacturer’s third version of a Villa shirt after taking over from local brand Luke in 2019 after promotion.
Cazoo, the used car dealership, will continue to sponsor Villa’s kits and training wear after agreeing a ‘multi-year’ deal last year.
Cazoo, who also sponsor Premier League rivals Everton and have a store on Tyburn Road in Birmingham, took over from Chinese betting firm W88.
There was talk on social media in April that the new kit could be announced that month and it would not have been unusual given that some clubs like to showcase their new colours a game or two remaining of the campaign, however that was not the case.
Villa were able to plan ahead, given they knew which division they will be playing their football next season, who will be making the kit and what sponsor will adorn the shirt.
Kappa also make kits for Italian side Napoli, Spanish outfit Real Betis and Argentine club Racing.
Racing, through their participation in the 2021 Copa Libertadores which began in April, released a new set of kits earlier this year which could offer a hint as to how Villa’s will look under Kappa.
Racing’s new kits are a v-neck design that incorporate Kappa’s ‘Kombat Pro 2021’ technology.
The Kappa badge and Racing badge are adjacent across the chest with a main sponsor in the middle and a Kappa badge on each shoulder.
The shorts have the Kappa badge running down each side of the leg to the club badge.
BirminghamLive’s Villa reporter Ashley Preece noted in a recent Q&A with supporters that: “Sawiris has shares in Adidas so it could be Adidas for the season after this upcoming one. Next season will be the 40th anniversary of Villa’s European Cup triumph. There could be a nod to that.”
Have you seen any nice concept kits? What design do you think Villa should sport? Have your say in the comments section…