Villa are likely to be active in the January transfer window.
The Birmingham Mail have reported that Aston Villa inserted a recall clause into Jed Steer's loan contract with Charlton Athletic, and it should be Dean Smith's first order of business to bring the goalkeeper back to Villa Park.
Signed by Villa in 2013, Steer has managed just 12 appearances for the Midlands giants with injury and successive loans stunting his progress at Villa Park.
He did, though, feature for Villa in their 3-1 win over Hull City at the start of the season before leaving on loan to join Charlton Athletic, after Villa signed Orjan Nyland and Andre Moreira.
However, 27-time Norway international Nyland has only managed to keep three clean sheets in 14 Championship outings, while Moreira has featured just once since joining the club on loan from Atletico Madrid.
Doubts remain over the duo and Smith must address the problem in the January window, but rather than signing a new goalkeeper, he should consider giving Steer the chance to finally make an impact as a Villa goalkeeper.
Steer has impressed at Lee Bowyer's Charlton this season, conceding just 16 goals in 11 league and cup outings for an attacking side that are more than willing to take risks and throw players forward.
The former Norwich City goalkeeper has a matter of months until his contract expires in the summer, but does have the option of returning to Villa in January - halfway through his season-long loan.
It makes perfect sense for Smith to recall Steer and hand him the chance he has been waiting for at Villa Park, rather than going out in January and buying a third goalkeeper of the season.