Mowatt has been one of the best players for Leeds so far this season and is one of the best young midfielders in the Championship.
In 27 Championship appearances so far this campaign, the 20-year-old has scored seven goals and created 35 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 46%.
The youngster is in a good run of form at the moment and will be key for Leeds when they take on Forest at Elland Road in the Championship on Saturday.
Freedman, who took charge of the Reds at the start of February, has been impressed with what he has seen of Mowatt.
The Scot plans to negate the influence of the young Englishman and told BBCNottinghamSport: “He is the star player, there is no doubt. He is a player that we have been watching all week. He is the one player we have singled out.
“If we keep him quiet and make sure that he does not pick up the balls in the pocket, then certainly it would be to our big advantage. He is the player who makes them tick.”
It is quite surprising that Freedman has so openly spoken about his gameplan on Saturday, but Leeds have been warned.
Mowatt will be a marked man, and Neil Redfearn’s side will have to be less reliant on him if they are to pick up all three points against the Reds.