The former Milan, Barcelona and Marseille striker signed for the Blues on loan from Bordeaux, initially on loan, and this summer signed a longer-term deal at St Andrews. His arrival sparked something of a revival for Steve Bruce's side and guaranteed him the adulation of the Birmingham faithful - and many a plaudit from the pundits.
His success came as no surprise to our own French capture, who feels the gifted Dugarry is well suited to England's top flight.
"He's a very good player, settled in very well and is the type of player who can do well in the Premiership because is he strong and has great ability with his feet," reasoned Fredi.
"He will be hard to deal with him because when he is fit, he can do a lot of good things.
"I think as soon as he joined the team he wanted to work hard for them as it was a new start for him and he wanted to impress them fans - and I think he achieved that."
However, Fredi confirms that the 31-year-old has, in the past, divided public opinion in his homeland and his place in the national squad was the topic of much debate during their World Cup winning campaign.
"It is true. He has had many critics at home and many people who thought he shouldn't be in the national team but, I think at that time he had a few problems, didn't play all the games and it is normal.
"But he is a very good player. I think he has done well in France as well."
Fredi Kanoute acknowledges that his countryman Christophe Dugarry has made quite an impact in the Premiership since joining Birmingham City in January.