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Matchday review: Shock of the new

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This weekend's performances for The Fantasist's team proved how sometimes you need to put your trust in experience rather than being too quick to embrace the new kids on the block.

With Premier League new-boys such as Rafael van der Vaart (6.00), Hatem Ben Arfa (1.50) and Carlos Salcido (did not play) all at invitingly low prices, the temptation proved too strong to try and sniff out a bargain.

Of course, VdV's showing against West Brom and in the Champions League is cause for optimism that the Dutchman is a worthwhile investment - but on the whole it didn't work out.

Even more galling is the fact that Squillaci's partner in the Arsenal defence, the hitherto hapless Laurent Koscielny (18.00) scored the opener in the win against Bolton.

However, the new leader in our Fantasist Superleague, 'A Man Moth ?', didn't miss that trick, and Koscielny helped him leap to the top of the standings.

Anyway, the men who brought home the bacon for The Fantasist were, predictably, Didier Drogba (21.00), Marouane Chamakh (16.00) and Francesc Fabregas (18.50), justifying their hefty price tags.

The only exception to that rule is Florent Malouda (0.00), who only made a brief cameo as Carlo Ancelotti looked to save him for midweek Champions League action.

How The Fantasist's team shaped up in Week 4:

Steve Harper (Newcastle United, GK): -2.00

Sebastien Squillaci (Arsenal, DF): 2.00

John O'Shea (Manchester United, DF): 4.50

Carlos Salcido (Fulham, DF): 0.00

Florent Malouda (Chelsea, MF): 0.00

Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United, MF): 1.50

Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur, MF): 6.00

Francesc Fabregas (Arsenal, MF): 18.50

Didier Drogba (Chelsea, FW): 21.00

Andy Carroll (Newcastle United, FW): 2.00

Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal, FW): 16.00

Week 3 points: 69.50

Total points: 396.00

Combined Fantasist Superleagues leaderboard after Week 4:

1. A Man Moth ? - 489.50

2. Boss FC [AM.Blog] - 461.50

3. Dragonbalz - 461.00

4. The Last Stride - 458.50

5. 2 the top champions - 458.00

6. Garuda Gondronk - 457.50

7. Raye Makan Jagung - 457.00

8. Can $$$ Buy Success? [AM.Blog] - 454.50

9. 10 Tentera Berkuda - 453.00

10. Paulo the NDY Octopus - 450.50

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