|Lennart Grill.||Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen|
The Leverkusen bosses recognized the gap in the squad and signed Russian Andrey Lunev on a free as a recognized deputy for Hradecky. Grill was subsequently sent on a short term loan to SK Brann in the Norwegian first division to collect some valuable game time. However, with Lunev out injured and Hradecky catching the virus, Grill was called upon once again. It became clear early on that the loan period had helped him develop a lot, as he seemed more mature on the ball, and confident whenever called upon to protect his goal.
It was clear since his days at Kaiserslautern and with the Germany under-21s that Grill had a lot of potential, and at the age of 23 needs game time to develop. While another loan is ruled out due to Lunev's injury, Grill impressed against Dortmund, and could certainly become a candidate for the number 1 spot at Leverkusen if he gets a chance to develop on that potential.