Brentford faced similar sweaty shirt situation to Aston Villa last term - this was their solution

Aston Villa are having issued with kit retaining sweat. (Image: Getty Images)
Aston Villa are having issued with kit retaining sweat. (Image: Getty Images)

Aston Villa are not the first Premier League club to report an issue with sweat-holding kit designs with Brentford having to solve a similar issue last season amid fears that the material was affecting performance.

The Telegraph reports that Aston Villa have complained to kit manufacturer Castore after players shared concerns that shirts were weighing them down during matches with Villa's women's team hesitant to wear the shirt for this weekend's WSL opener at home to Manchester United - the side did play in the shirt during pre-season.

The famous claret and blue kit has been seen evidently dripping when worn in outings, including the midweek Carabao Cup tie with Everton, although it is believed a similar issue occurs with the fabric of the away shirt too.

Last season, Brentford's away kit did not contain sweat-wicking technology and players found themselves encountering similar problems to that of Villa stars this season.

Members of the Bees' squad would carry an extra 500g of weight during matches from perspiration and the club resulted in wearing its third-kit whenever possible to avoid the issue.

Brentford’s director of elite performance, Ben Ryan said: “Collectively over 90 minutes that adds up a little bit and also it might make you not as comfortable and not as confident, so all of those small things come into it."

Castore also make kits for clubs across the continent including Wolves, Rangers, Bayern Leverkusen and Sevilla. Newcastle United also play with Castore shirts but ended that deal in favour of an Adidas partnership from next season.

The Magpies reported making that move after receiving 'complaints from supporters over the poor quality' of kits and after 'many complaints about customer service'.

The Telegraph adds that Aston Villa manager Unai Emery is aware of the issue and that the club is working with Castore to find a solution as quickly as possible.