"It’s also clear that Alaric is supposed to be a Giles figure and he sucks, lmfao." Less Giles more Wesley — learning along with them while trying to pass himself off as an expert, so of course he's failing to be Giles because he's trying to be some one else entirely.
Wesley was more about books and rules and uptight and had no knack for the field. Alaric inserts himself in the field almost immediately in MF plus he’s meant to have an actual paternal relationship with Elena and Jeremy and the group as a whole in the earlier seasons. So uh no. Not Wesley, anon.