I don't necessarily think AWB can't be a useful player if he's coached well and responds well to it. But I have no hopes that he'll improve his ability on the ball, it's certainly too late for that imo. He will always be limited, but limited players can still have their uses
Dalot has far better ability on the ball and has seemed to respond to ETH well so far. He can't slide tackle like AWB, but I think he can do basically everything else and more.
Neither are perfect, but it's hard to see AWB beating Dalot in a Ten Hag team. It's funny and depressing that we spent 50m on a right back when we already had a better one we just didn't know how to use
I think you are right to believe that AWB can be useful in the squad, but I do believe that he can improve his technique, especially with his first touch. I would like to see him be given a few games, possibly League Cup, Europa Cup, and would hope to see an improvement in all areas.
When AWB and Maguire were purchased, yes for far too much money, Ole had to stop the ridiculous amount of goals being conceded, and they both contributed to that, which helped us gain a Champions League spot, and therefore recouping some of that outlay, and both were good, if not outstanding, members of a decent squad. Dalot was still very inexperienced, seemed a little awestruck when playing in the first team, although decent going forward, was very poor defensively, and didn't give me the impression that he could improve a great deal, but obviously he has been coached very well since Ten Hag arrived, and now, with him gaining more experience and confidence, he is looking very good.
If AWB does improve, and gets a few runouts, I could see us getting a decent fee for him in the summer, as I expect Laird to come back and press Dalot for the RB position.