Can't remember where I saw the article but basically talked about how the home red isn't as dark as the original version shown in promo advertising
No it's not and that is the only downside for me. The bright red and yellow is a bit McDonald's. It the away kit didn't have that grey collar section, I would have gone for that instead.
the material supposedly wasn't holding up well with washings
I wear my top a lot but I'm always careful to wash it at 30°c
as per the label, not 40. It still looks like new.
the numbers/name/patches were peeling off
Again, no problem there, so far. I don't have a name or number printed though so it's only the 'Standard Chartered' that could come off.
The material is lighter and thinner feeling than the ADIDAS shirts but it's holding up perfectly well for me.