Determined to put a nightmarish run of injuries behind him and become a key figure in Dougie Freedman’s set-up, the Brazilian, pictured, insists the poor start to the season need not be the end of the world for Wanderers.
A run of seven games unbeaten has started a climb up the table, and Moritz wants to be the man leads the ascent even further.
“I have been absolutely starving to play,” he told The Bolton News. “Each training session keeping to myself, each game watching from the other side of the line, you feel helpless.
“But I know my capacity on the pitch. I am fit, I want to play more minutes and start more games, and help to keep our run going in the league.”
Moritz turned down a chance to play in the Premier League with Crystal Palace in the summer and a handful of lucrative offers from around the world to link up again with his former Selhurst Park mentor Freedman.
A string of fitness problems and bad results on the pitch suggest the gamble has backfired but the 27-year-old believes there is still time to put things right.
“I have said all along we needed one win, and we’d go on a sequence,” he said.
“When you get that win it gives confidence and in football that’s maybe 90 per cent of what gets you going on the pitch.
“We need to keep our mind straight because we are still close to the relegation places.
“But I didn’t come to Bolton to keep them in the Championship.
“I came here to take them back to the place where we think we should be, the Premier League.”
Moritz missed a chunk of football after tearing a groin muscle in a warm-up before a game against Leeds United in September.
“It was a really tough situation for me,” admitted Moritz.
“As a footballer you never imagine that’s where you will get hurt, so it was two months which was really tough.
“I got a lot of help from the medical staff and I can only say really good things about them because they got me back to where I am now.”