The West Ham coach sees similarities but explained where the new signing has the edge.
Indeed, after West Ham's friendly draw with Charlton Athletic, Dicks took to social media in response to a follower who asked if he sees any similarities between the new playmaker and former Hammer Berkovic.
And Dicks, appointed to Slaven Bilic's backroom staff this summer, says the duo's passing is not too dissimilar at all.
However, he sees more explosive ability from the Frenchman when he is on the ball.
Passing wise not a lot. Payet is a bit more explosive when he has the ball. https://t.co/Iiyru87VlR— Julian Dicks (@JULIAN3DICKS) July 25, 2015
Dicks was quick to praise Berkovic, who he described as a 'top player' after further responses on Twitter. The former West Ham man worked well with John Hartson before their infamous falling out.
The Hammers continued to work on their fitness and pre-season preparations against Charlton but, as some of Dicks's exchanges with followers showed, there is frustration at the lack of finishing ability that is still evident at Upton Park.
Training will no doubt improve that area of the east London side's game as the season draws nearer but signing a new striker will almost certainly also aid West Ham in that regard...