Really its not hard to write this and Alexander Kiriakis could've been played by Tyler Christopher/Brandon Barash but no we had to have another retcon Dimera nobody asked for.
He still could've been paired with Gabi or any other available lady on this show.
Lucas Adams could've played Joey/Victor instead we got Tripp who probably will never find out about Steve back in Salem.
Instead they had all these retcon characters nobody really cared about when they have plenty of characters from the show's history they could've used instead we have yet to see on a long term basis.(Andrew Donovan, Stephanie Johnson, Joey Johnson etc)