In Kanto through Johto Ash was traveling with Misty and Brock, two gym leaders. The next two regions had Ash being with Brock and the female protagonist for the gens first game. With Best Wishes Hilda did not pop up, instead Ash traveled with two gym leaders again. I've heard people say that, as the games have several allusions to the first two generations, the anime was trying to be similar to the original generations. But that's besides the point..
Would you prefer Ash travel with two gym leaders again or do you want them to go back to using the protagonists counterpart?